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This drawing represents a view of Lyon from the banks of the River Saône. Turner’s vista is taken from a point near the centre of the city, looking south (downstream) towards the Pont du Change, a stone bridge of eight arches which connected Presqu’île on the left (the peninsula in between the Saône and Rhône rivers) to the Vieux Lyon (Old Town) on the right. The crossing was demolished during the mid-nineteenth century.
For further sketches of Lyon see folio 37 verso (D16712; Turner Bequest CXCII 36a).