Joseph Mallord William Turner
Tours: The Cathedral from the Place de l’Archevêché c.1826–8

Artwork details

Tours: The Cathedral from the Place de l’Archevêché
Date c.1826–8
Medium Watercolour, gouache and pen and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 128 x 187 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIX 72
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Exhibition catalogue text

Catalogue entry from Turner on the Loire

85 Tours: the cathedral from the Place de l'Archev?ch? c.1826-8 (fig.118)
Watercolour and gouache, with pen, on blue paper (type F) 128 x 187 (5 x 7 3/8)
Preliminary sketches: Turner made a pencil sketch of the cathedral facade (see cat.25), but this colour study may have been developed over an on-the-spot sketch, for there is no other record of the gateway to the Bishop's Palace.
EXH: Exhibited Drawings, no.36, b, as 'Tours (colour on grey)' (Ruskin, Works, XIII, p.610); Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield; and University of Nottingham Art Gallery 1964-5
LIT: Holme 1903, W 29, as 'Church, Tours'; Finberg 1909, II, p.792, as 'Tours'; L?v?que-Mingam 1996, p.76 fig.58
TB CCLIX 72; D24637

Published in:
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.222 no.85, reproduced in colour p.122

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