Turner worked up this colour study of the Place de l'Étape in Orléans looking toward the theatre, the Hôtel Dieu and the cathedral from material gathered on his 1826 tour of Northern France. It is based on a pencil study in the Loire, Tours, Orleans and Paris sketchbook; see entry for Tate D23312 (Turner Bequest CCXLIX 34). See the Introduction to this section for a list of comparable studies of the city.
Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘7’ in the top left-hand corner of the sheet. Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCLIX – 190’ towards the bottom right-hand corner of the sheet. There is also a red ink note in the bottom left-hand corner of the sheet that has been obscured by the mount.