Not on display
The visual evidence of Turner’s sketches after Chalon-sur-Saône suggest that he may have continued his onward journey to Lyon by river instead of road. According to contemporary guidebooks the road diligence (a large public carriage) from Paris connected at Chalon with a packet boat service or water diligence, called a Coch d’eau and this made a pleasanter journey to Lyon than by land.1 Indeed the countryside on the right bank of the river between Chalon and Mâcon was described as amongst ‘the richest and most beautiful in France.’2
The two sketches on this page appear to depict landscapes seen from the river. The exact locations are currently unidentified although the upper vista may represent a distant view of Tournus.