Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bridges and Towers; ?Pont de Bercy, Paris

1832

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 174 × 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24007
Turner Bequest CCLIV 64

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with sketchy descriptions of buildings including multiple bridges which were presumably taken at on the Seine at Paris. Running across the centre of the page is a suspension bridge with substantial buildings beyond. This may depict the new bridge that crossed the river at Bercy, opened in early 1832 by Louis-Philippe, King of the French. For the watercolours of the Parisian 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
July 2014

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