J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Pont au Change and Tour Saint-Jacques, Paris 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 44 Verso:
Pont au Change and Tour Saint-Jacques, Paris 1826
Turner Bequest CCXLIX 42a
Pencil on white laid paper, 103 x 153 mm
Inscribed in pencil ‘CCXLIX’ bottom left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner here assumed a position close to the Pont au Change in Paris and sketched the buildings on the right bank of the Seine with the Tour Saint-Jacques rising above surrounding rooftops. On the far side of the bridge can be glimpsed the Colonne du Châtelet of the Napoleonic era. There are numerous pages featuring the riverside of Paris in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook introduction. Turner made numerous studies of the city’s quaysides over the course of his career, culminating in several illustrations of the subject for the 1835 volume of Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France); see Tate impressions T05621–T05623.

John Chu
May 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Pont au Change and Tour Saint-Jacques, Paris 1826 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2017, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-pont-au-change-and-tour-saint-jacques-paris-r1185168, accessed 28 September 2021.