J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Porte Saint-Denis, Paris 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 42 Verso:
Porte Saint-Denis, Paris 1832
Turner Bequest CCLVII 42a
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[...]y R[...] | [Och[...] [...]P’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner worked onto this page a view of the seventeenth-century Porte Saint-Denis, located amidst the Parisian right-bank boulevards. The Porte-Saint-Martin can also be made out in the background. Art historian Ian Warrell has identified this drawing as a source for a slightly later colour study of this location (Tate D24571; Turner Bequest CCLIX 6).1 The existence of these depictions suggests that Turner considered the subject as an illustration for Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France)2 although the Porte Saint-Denis did not make it into this publication in the event.

John Chu
January 2015

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.272.
W[illiam] G[eorge] Rawlinson, The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., London 1908, vol.II, pp.264–76 nos.453–92.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Porte Saint-Denis, Paris 1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-porte-saint-denis-paris-r1175277, accessed 18 January 2021.