Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lyon, with the Pont du Change

1820

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 98 x 128 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16717
Turner Bequest CXCII 39

Catalogue entry

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).

Nicola Moorby
April 2013

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