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Joseph Mallord William Turner
Turner visited the Seine in 1832 as part of his preparation for his print series, The Rivers of France, published in 1833–5. Many of his sketches include steamboats. The prints emphasise the historic and scenic associations of the Seine, as we might expect of a publication intended to make possible a kind of ‘armchair tourism’. But the presence of steamboats are a frequent reminder of modernity.
Gallery label, August 2004
Medium: Gouache and watercolour on paper
Credit line: 'Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856'
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