Joseph Mallord William Turner Lyon: The Cathedral of St Jean from the Quai des Celestins 1802

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Title
Lyon: The Cathedral of St Jean from the Quai des Celestins
Date 1802
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 661 x 454 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04890
Turner Bequest LXXIX P
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This large and detailed study was drawn during the three days Turner spent in Lyon, in July 1802, in the course of his first visit to France and Switzerland. On his return he said that 'the buildings of Lyon are better than those of Edinburgh, but there is nothing so good as Edinburgh Castle'. The view is taken from the eastern bank of the River Saône, looking towards the twelfth century Cathedral of St. Jean and the Fourvière Hill, the site of the original Roman settlement.

May 1993

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