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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Sainte-Chapelle, Paris 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 63 Recto:
Sainte-Chapelle, Paris 1832
D24289
Turner Bequest CCLVII 63
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘63’ top left and ‘2’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLVII 63’ top right, ascending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner worked a long view of the quaysides of Paris across the centre of this page. On the right-hand side if the scene can be seen the steeply pitched roof and highly ornamented pinnacles of the Sainte-Chapelle rising above the rooftops of the Île de la Cité. Turner made several sketches of the Parisian riverside in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. For the watercolours of the city’s quaysides which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24683–D24685 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 118–20). These culminated in several engravings in the 1835 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate impressions T05621–T05623.

John Chu
January 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Sainte-Chapelle, 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-sainte-chapelle-paris-r1175317, accessed 24 September 2021.