Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rouen with the River Seine from the West near Canteleu

1821

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 123 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24559
Turner Bequest CCLVIII 31

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted, this view of the city of Rouen from across the Seine was made from near Canteleu to the west.1 The distinctive profiles of the towers of Rouen Cathedral and St Ouen Church to the right are drawn in silhouette, suggesting that the sketch may have been made as the sun was rising from behind the hills to the east. At the left foreground, standing on the river bank, are a group of perhaps three figures.
For a list of Turner’s sketches of Rouen in this book, see folio 1 (Tate D24500; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 1).

Thomas Ardill
February 2013

1
Ian Warrell, Turner catalogue files, Tate, CCLVIII 31.

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