Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Pont de Sèvres

1819

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13999
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 5

Catalogue entry

From the centre of Paris, Turner followed the River Seine south-west to the suburbs of Sèvres and St-Cloud and this short expedition gave rise to a series of sketches, see folios 6 and 12 (D14001 and D14011). The subject of this view is the Pont de Sèvres, a stone bridge of nine arches built during the early nineteenth century on the orders of Napoleon. The vista appears to be looking north-west from the banks of the Seine in the direction of St-Cloud.1 The drawing bears certain compositional similarities to a later watercolour illustration, Bridge of St-Cloud from Sèvres, engraved and published for Turner’s Annual Tour 1835: Wanderings by the Seine (see Tate D24689; Turner Bequest CCLIX 124).

Nicola Moorby
February 2013

1
Warrell 1999, p.18.

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