With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a view of the Seine as it threads through central Paris. A sketch of the Pont d’Arcole, a newly built suspension bridge, dominates the scene. 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.
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