Joseph Mallord William Turner

Pont Notre-Dame, 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: 175 x 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24299
Turner Bequest CCLVII 68

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the top half of this page with a study of the medieval Pont Notre-Dame which crossed the Seine in central Paris. Turner made several sketches of this structure in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. For the watercolour of this subject 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.

John Chu
January 2015

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