Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lyon from the River Saône to the South

1820

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 98 × 128 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16713
Turner Bequest CXCII 37

Catalogue entry

These two views of Lyon have been drawn from the banks of the River Saône to the south of the city. Visible in both prospects are the domes of the historic hospital, the Hôtel Dieu (right) and the arches of the Pont du Change, a stone bridge which connected Presqu’île (peninsula between the Rivers Saône and Rhône) to the Vieux Lyon (Old Town) but which was demolished during the mid-nineteenth century. The lower vista also depicts the Fourvière hill on the left and Turner has further embellished the details of the drawing with a note concerning an incident he had observed of ‘3 soldats [French for soldiers]’ standing beside ‘dead horses’ with ‘bloody ribs’.
For further sketches of Lyon see folio 37 verso (D16712; Turner Bequest CXCII 36a).

Nicola Moorby
April 2013

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