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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Pont Notre-Dame, Paris 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 64 Verso:
Pont Notre-Dame, Paris 1832
Turner Bequest CCLVII 64a
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner worked a drawing of quayside buildings in Paris onto this page. Also included is a study of the Pont Notre-Dame, the medieval stone arches of which span the lower left-hand quadrant. Turner made several sketches of this section of the river in the present volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook Introduction. For the watercolour of this bridge which Turner worked up with a view to engraved reproduction around this time, see Tate D24684 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 119). This led to an engraving in 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 T04722. In earlier catalogues, the bridge on this page has been misidentified as the Pont d’Arcole suspension bridge, which peeps over the Pont Notre-Dame in the engraving.

John Chu
January 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Pont Notre-Dame, Paris 1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-pont-notre-dame-paris-r1175320, accessed 22 April 2021.