Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cathedral of Saint Jean-Baptiste, Lyon, from the Fourvière Hill

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14072
Turner Bequest CLXXIII 52

Catalogue entry

Turner made a small number of sketches in Lyon, the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region of France. The subject of this study is the Cathedral of Saint Jean-Baptiste (St John the Baptist) seen from the heights of the Fourvière Hill to the west of the city. This viewpoint faces the front elevation of the cathedral with its rose window and astronomical clock on the left-hand side of the façade. Also shown are the flying buttresses supporting the sides of the building and the two towers at the eastern end, whilst visible in the distance to the left is the clocher (clock tower) of the Hôpital de la Charité.
For further sketches of Lyon see folio 51 (D14071).

Nicola Moorby
March 2013

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