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© Tate, London 2019 | Licence: CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)
© Tate, London 2019 | Licence: CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)

A Steamer and Shallow Waters in the Seine, Normandy

ca. 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner

From the collection


A Steamer and Shallow Waters in the Seine, Normandy


ca. 1832


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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River Siene, Normandy, France



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