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 × 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23878
Turner Bequest CCLIII 91

Catalogue entry

The page contains a sketch, drawn horizontally, of a multi-arched and buttressed bridge over a river with a building on the bridge at far right. Finberg noted it simply as ‘Bridge’,1 but the location has been confirmed as the town of Poissy.2 (For further information on the town, see under folio 86 recto; D23868.) The structure corresponds to the old bridge of Poissy, which had buildings, including mills, upon it. Ruined portions of the bridge remain in the present day, after it was destroyed in the Second World War.3 Turner roughly indicates vegetation on the riverbank in the foreground and trees at far left.

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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