Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lyons from the Quai des Celestins

1802

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 454 x 661 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04890
Turner Bequest LXXIX P

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, May 1993

Catalogue entry