View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
- Watercolour, gouache and pen and watercolour on paper
- Support: 143 x 194 mm
- Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIX 199
Turner visited Orleans in 1826 and 1828 and made sketches which served as the basis for the view of the cathedral engraved in his 'Annual Tour - the Loire' in 1833. The view of the twin towers of the cathedral soaring above the Place de l'Etape is a variant of the published design. Turner also prepared, but did not use, a view of the town from the river.
Gallery label, August 2004