Joseph Mallord William TurnerThe Pont de Saint-Laurent from Saint Laurent-sur-Saône, near Mâcon 1819

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Title
The Pont de Saint-Laurent from Saint Laurent-sur-Saône, near Mâcon
From Paris, France, Savoy 2 Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXIII
Date 1819
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 114 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14034
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 29
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 29 Recto:
The Pont de Saint-Laurent from Saint Laurent-sur-Saône, near Mâcon 1819
D14034
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 29
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 185 mm
Stamped in black ‘CLXXIII 29’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject of this sketch is the Pont de Saint-Laurent in Mâcon, a city on the River Saône approximately forty-five miles north of Lyon. Turner made a number of views of the city suggesting that he may have broken the journey here. This study depicts the eastern end of the Pont de Saint-Laurent (Bridge of St Lawrence), which connects Mâcon with the nearby village of Saint Laurent-sur-Saône on the opposite side of the river. Turner’s view looks upstream with the bridge on the left and the buildings lining the riverbank on the right. Visible on the bridge between the second and third arches from the right is a niche containing a small statue of St Nicholas, the patron saint of barge people. For further studies of Mâcon see folio 27 (D14030).

Nicola Moorby
March 2013

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