Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bridge, Paris

1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 175 x 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24303
Turner Bequest CCLVII 70

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner worked a cursory view of a bridge crossing a river across the centre of this page. Though the exact location of this subject is indeterminate, Turner made multiple sketches of the riverside at Paris in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction for comparison. For the watercolours of the city’s 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
January 2015

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