Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mâcon from the River Saône to the North


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 114 × 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 25 a

Catalogue entry

Turner appears to have navigated part of the River Saône in Burgundy by boat and made a number of topographical drawings from the waters between Chalon-sur-Saône and Lyon. He has used this page, and the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 26 (D14028), to make a panoramic sketch of the city of Mâcon, approximately forty-five miles north of Lyon. Visible on this side of the composition is the Pont de Saint Laurent with the village of Saint-Laurent-sur-Saône on the left and Mâcon on the right. On the far right-hand side is the old Church of St Vincent (not to be confused with the cathedral of the same name). For further studies of Mâcon see folio 27 (D14030).

Nicola Moorby
March 2013

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