This view across the River Loire to the great buildings of Orléans from the south is one of several colour depictions of the city on relatively light-weight blue paper which Turner worked up after his 1826 tour of Northern France.1 It is based on a pencil sketch in the Loire, Tours, Orleans and Paris sketchbook; see entry for Tate D23303 (Turner Bequest CCXLIX 29a).2 See the Introduction to this section for a list of comparable studies of the city.
A margin of darker blue paper round the edge of the sheet indicates fading due to prolonged exposure to sunlight.
The centre of the sheet bears the pencil notes ’
27 | 7b’ and ‘CCXX R’. It is also stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCXX – R’.