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
D24302
Turner Bequest CCLVII 69 a

Catalogue entry

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.

John Chu
January 2015

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