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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Cathedral of Notre-Dame from the East, Paris 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 10 Recto:
The Cathedral of Notre-Dame from the East, Paris 1832
Turner Bequest CCLIV 10
Pencil on white wove paper, 174 x 117 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘10’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLIV – 10’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a panoramic view across the Seine towards the Cathedral of Notre-Dame on the Île-de-la-Cité. Particular attention has been paid to the way in which the two western towers punctuate the skyline and the wide stone arches of the Pont de l’Archevêche and the Pont Saint-Louis. For the watercolours of the Parisian 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
July 2014

How to cite

John Chu, ‘The Cathedral of Notre-Dame from the East, Paris 1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2014, 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-the-cathedral-of-notre-dame-from-the-east-paris-r1173304, accessed 25 February 2021.