Joseph Mallord William Turner
Details of the Architecture of Orléans Cathedral: The Spire over the Crossing and the Southern Tower 1826

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Details of the Architecture of Orléans Cathedral: The Spire over the Crossing and the Southern Tower
From Loire, Tours, Orleans and Paris Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCXLIX
Date 1826
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 153 x 103 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23309
Turner Bequest CCXLIX 32 a
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Many of the pencil sketches in this and two other sketchbooks used on Turner's 1826 journey up the Loire relate to the coloured drawings worked up for the 1833 publication, 'Turner's Annual Tour - the Loire'. This drawing is typical of many in his sketchbooks, where an architectural fragment has caught his eye and is scrutinised and recorded in detail. Such studies as this came in useful when completing the more finished colour designs and when advising his engravers about particular details in their work.

August 2004

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