Joseph Mallord William Turner

Pont Notre-Dame, Paris


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 175 × 127 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLVII 66

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner worked a drawing of the Pont Notre-Dame in Paris onto this page. The stone arches of the medieval bridge span the central section of the page. Turner made several sketches of this section of the river in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. For the watercolour of this bridge which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24684 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 119). This led to an engraving in the 1835 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate impressions T04722. In earlier catalogues, the bridge on this page has been misidentified as the Pont d’Arcole suspension bridge, which peeps over the Pont Notre-Dame in the engraving.

John Chu
January 2015

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