Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Distant View of Laon

1836

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D29048
Turner Bequest CCXCIII 9

Catalogue entry

The town sketched here is Laon, with the Cathedral of Notre Dame, seen from the north-west. The subject is similar to that on the facing page (D29047; Turner Bequest CCXCIII 8a), but is taken from a more distant viewpoint and was probably Turner’s first impression as he approached from St Quentin. The sketch is inverted in relation to the main sequence of subjects in the sketchbook.

David Hill
June 2010

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