Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two River Landscapes, Including a Distant View of Lyon; and a Study of a Tower at Lyon

1820

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 98 × 128 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16708
Turner Bequest CXCII 34 a

Catalogue entry

This page contains two river scenes, the uppermost of which represents a distant view of Lyon from the approach to the south-east. The prospect includes two separate bridges which represent a couple of the crossing points to the Presqu’île, a peninsula formed by the convergence of the Saône and Rhône rivers. For further sketches of Lyon see folio 37 verso (D16712; Turner Bequest CXCII 36a).
At the top of the page, executed with the sketchbook held vertically, is a further drawing. This appears to be a very rough study of a tower. The subject is unidentified although Turner has labelled it as relating to ‘Lyon’.

Nicola Moorby
April 2013

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