Joseph Mallord William Turner

Pont de Bercy, Paris

1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 127 x 175 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24304
Turner Bequest CCLVII 70 a

Catalogue entry

Turner worked several small river views of the Seine as it threads through central Paris onto this page. In addition to sketches of the western towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral and the city’s bridges, fishermen and their vessels have been included. At the bottom edge of the page, inverted in relation to the other drawings, is a depiction of the suspension bridge crossing the river at Bercy. This piece of engineering would have been new to Turner on the 1832 tour, having been recently opened by Louis-Philippe, King of the French.

John Chu
January 2015

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