Joseph Mallord William Turner

Place de l’Étape, Orléans

c.1826–8

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour, gouache and pen and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 143 × 194 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24764
Turner Bequest CCLIX 199

Display caption

Turner visited Orleans in 1826 and 1828 and made sketches which served as the basis for the view of the cathedral engraved in his 'Annual Tour - the Loire' in 1833. The view of the twin towers of the cathedral soaring above the Place de l'Etape is a variant of the published design. Turner also prepared, but did not use, a view of the town from the river.

Gallery label, August 2004

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