Joseph Mallord William Turner

Pont d’Arcole, Paris

1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 175 x 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24301
Turner Bequest CCLVII 69

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the top half of this page with studies of the bridges and quaysides of central Paris. Along the top edge of the page is a sketch of the Pont d’Arcole, a newly built suspension bridge. Named after one of Napoleon’s military victories, this structure was of particular interest to the artist as he sought subjects to illustrate a new edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36). There are multiple drawings of the bridge in these pages, a list of which is included in the sketchbook Introduction. These formed the basis for one of the published book’s engraved vignettes; see Tate impression T04967.

John Chu
January 2015

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