Joseph Mallord William Turner

Pont au Change, Paris

1832

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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
D24298
Turner Bequest CCLVII 67 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner worked a view of the Pont au Change in Paris from the banks of the Seine onto this page with the Pont Neuf beyond. The conical roofs of the towers of the Conciergerie can be seen on the left-hand side. Turner made several sketches of the riverside in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. 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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