An exhibition celebrating the irresistible lure of Paris for British painters. Featuring the watercolours of JMW Turner, Thomas Girtin and Richard Parkes Bonington, the show reveals how potent a subject the city was to the artists of the nineteenth-century.

With the Peace of Amiens of 1802-3 and the subsequent defeat of Napoleon, Paris again became an important destination for British painters on their grand tours. Artists such as Turner, Girtin and Bonington together with lesser-known painters such as Robert Batty and John Gendall, travelled to the city to paint pictures on the banks of the Seine for an increasingly fascinated British tourist industry.

This exhibition features sixty watercolours depicting well-known scenes of the city, from Notre Dame to the Pont Neuf, and reveals a generation of British artists who brought Paris alive in paint after many years of turbulence and war.

The Wallace Collection

Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN

020 7563 9500


Opening times

Daily, including bank holidays, 10am – 5pm Closed 24 – 26 Dec

Free to all

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