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This view of Orléans Cathedralfrom the left bank of the River Loire, rendered with a ‘dazzling clarity of light and line’,1 is one of several colour studies Turner made of the city after his 1826 tour of Northern France. It is based on studies in the Loire, Tours, Orleans and Paris sketchbook from that year; see, for example, D23303 (Turner Bequest CCXLIX 29a). See the Introduction to this section for a list of comparable studies of the city.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.151
Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘CCLIX . 71’ in the centre of the sheet. Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCLIX 71’ in the centre of the sheet.