Joseph Mallord William Turner

Three Sketches, Including Two Views of Chalon-sur-Saône


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 114 × 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 18

Catalogue entry

This page contains three distinct sketches. The uppermost vista is currently unidentified although it appears to show buildings or a bridge on a river, probably the Saône. The two remaining studies meanwhile represent views of Chalon-sur-Saône, a town on the River Saône in the Burgundy region of France.
Turner passed through Chalon en route between Auxerre and Lyon. The two sketches here record variant views of the Pont Saint Laurent, the bridge which connects the western mainland to an island in the centre of the river known as the Île St Laurent.1 The lower view depicts the northern end of the bridge whilst the upper shows the southern end with the hospital on the Saint Laurent island. Turner’s viewpoint appears to be from the river to the south-west , suggesting that he travelled between Chalon and Lyon by water. For a more detailed discussion and further sketches of Chalon see folio 19 (D14021).

Nicola Moorby
March 2013

Destroyed during the Second World War, the bridge had to be entirely rebuilt in the post-war period.

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