Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Bridge at Pontoise, Île-de-France

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: 174 × 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23948
Turner Bequest CCLIV 34 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with drawings of the buildings around Pontoise, some seventeen miles north-west of Paris en route from Gisors. Particular attention has been paid across the central belt of the page to the wide span of the eleventh-century fortified bridge and the various picturesque mills and houses perched on its stone arches. Several consecutive pages are dedicated to study of Pontoise in this part of the volume and are listed under the entry for folio 33 recto (D23945; Turner Bequest CCLIV 33).

John Chu
July 2014

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