Joseph Mallord William Turner

Three Sketches of ?the Château of Saint-Bernard on the River Saône

1819

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14051
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 38

Catalogue entry

This page contains three variant sketches of the same group of buildings, tentatively identified as the Château of Saint-Bernard on the River Saône. This thirteenth-century castle lies on a bend in the river near the village of Saint-Bernard, a couple of miles west of Trévoux, see folio 39 (D14052).
Turner travelled along the River Saône by boat between Chalon-sur-Saône and Lyon. The sailing vessel visible on the left-hand side of the upper vista may represent a coche d’eau or water diligence, a public form of transport which constituted an alternative to journeying by road in this part of France. These boats usually had a covered area for passengers to sit beneath. See also folio 43 (D14057).
Verso:
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Nicola Moorby
March 2013

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