Joseph Mallord William Turner

Orléans Cathedral

c.1826–8

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour, gouache and pen and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 141 x 196 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24825
Turner Bequest CCLIX 260

Catalogue entry

This view of the west front of Orléans Cathedralis one of several colour studies Turner made of the city after his 1826 tour of Northern France. It is based on pencil studies in the Loire, Tours, Orleans and Paris sketchbook from that year; see entry for Tate D23310, D23311 (Turner Bequest CCXLIX 33, 33a). See the Introduction to this section for a list of comparable studies of the city.
Technical Notes:
The sheet belongs to a batch of lightweight blue paper used by Turner made by George Steart of Bally, Ellen and Steart at De Montault Mill, Coombe Down, Bath. 1
1
Ibid. p.238.
Verso:
Inscribed in pencil with the notes ‘East of Rouen Cath’, ‘cclix 260’, ‘4 L[...] 32.’ towards the bottom right-hand corner of the sheet.

John Chu
March 2016

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