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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner The Place de la Concorde, Paris c.1833

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
The Place de la Concorde, Paris c.1833
Turner Bequest CCLIX 39
Gouache and watercolour on blue paper, 139 x 194 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘39’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLIX 39’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner worked gouache and watercolour paints onto this sheet of blue paper to depict the north side of the Place de la Concorde, located on right bank of the Seine at Paris. The large buildings at the centre of the scene are the hotels Crillon and de la Marine; the dome of the Church of Notre-Dame de l’Assumption rises on the right-hand edge of the sheet. Art historian Ian Warrell has identified a drawing in the Paris and Environs sketchbook as the basis for this composition: see Tate D24175 (Turner Bequest CCLVII 5).1 The existence of the present colour study 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) or the new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36), although the monument did not make it into either publication in the event.2
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, 288–92 nos.525–39.
Technical notes:
The verso of this sheet is catalogued under the entry for Tate D40068.

John Chu
August 2014

How to cite

John Chu, ‘The Place de la Concorde, Paris c.1833 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 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-place-de-la-concorde-paris-r1173077, accessed 19 October 2021.