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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner River Seine near Paris 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 125 Recto:
River Seine near Paris 1832
Turner Bequest CCLVII 125
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘B/C’ centre left
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘125’ top left and ‘2’ top right, ascending
Stamped in black ‘CCLVII 125’ top right, ascending
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with two drawings of Paris seen in the distance from a high vantage. The sketch on the bottom half of the page records the city’s varied skyline with the two western towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral on the right-hand side of the scene. A large dome, belonging to Les Invalides or the Panthéon, is featured in the top view, with the River Seine curving through the landscape to the right.

John Chu
January 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘River Seine near 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-river-seine-near-paris-r1175441, accessed 17 September 2021.