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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Pont de St-Cloud with the Pont de Sèvres and the Lanterne of St-Cloud beyond 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Recto:
The Pont de St-Cloud with the Pont de Sèvres and the Lanterne of St-Cloud beyond 1819
D14004
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 8
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 185 mm
Stamped in black ‘CLXXIII 8’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner made a short detour from Paris, following the River Seine south-west to St-Cloud. The subject of this sketch is the Pont de St-Cloud, a stone bridge only recently built by Napoleon in 1808, which linked the town of St-Cloud with Boulogne-Billancourt on the opposite side of the river. Turner has drawn the western end of the bridge with houses lining the banks of the Seine on the right and a number of boats moored against the side. There also appears to be a small figure with a fishing rod. The vista looks up-river in the direction of the Château de St-Cloud on the right, identifiable from the tall tower at the top of the hill known as the Lanterne de Démosthène. This monument, also built by Napoleon, would later become the subject of an illustration for Turner’s Annual Tour, 1835: Wanderings by the Seine (see Tate D24697; Turner Bequest CCLIX 132).1 Like the château, the lantern was destroyed by the Prussians during the Siege of Paris in 1870. Also visible in the background is part of the distant Pont de Sèvres, just glimpsed through one of the arches of the St-Cloud bridge.
A small part of the composition spills over onto the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 7 verso (D40874). For further sketches of St-Cloud see folios 6 and 12 (D14001 and D14011).

Nicola Moorby
March 2013

1
For a full discussion see Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp.18–19, 225–8.

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘The Pont de St-Cloud with the Pont de Sèvres and the Lanterne of St-Cloud beyond 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2013, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-pont-de-st-cloud-with-the-pont-de-sevres-and-the-r1142864, accessed 27 May 2024.