Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Old Bridge at Poissy

?1829

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 107 x 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23869
Turner Bequest CCLIII 86 a

Catalogue entry

The page contains a sketch, drawn horizontally, of a view of a multi-arched bridge spanning a river, with a two-towered church in the background, and possibly a boat in the foreground. Finberg noted it simply as ‘Bridge’,1 but the location has been confirmed as Poissy.2 (For further information on the town, see under the recto; D23868.)
The church corresponds to the collegiate church, Collégiale Notre-Dame de Poissy, and the bridge to the old crossing, ruined portions of which remain in the present day, after it was destroyed in the Second World War.3 (For further information on the church, see under folio 91 verso; D23879.)

Caroline South
May 2017

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.771.
2
Warrell 1999, pp.210, 262 note 178; ?Ian Warrell, ‘Turner on the Seine: Topographical Index’, c.1999, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain (printout in copy of Warrell 1999), p.4.

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