Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rouen, from the River Seine to the South-West


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 118 × 123 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLVIII 22 a

Catalogue entry

This view of Rouen with the towers of the cathedral and boats in the river was made from across the Seine to the south-west. At the left are the Bridge of Boats and the outline of St Catherine’s Hill which continues slightly onto folio 11 verso (Tate D24521; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 11a). That page was originally bound opposite this one, before John Ruskin broke up the book and it was subsequently rebound in the wrong order.1 An inscription written above several figures in a small rowing boat at the right of the image might be read as ‘women washing’. At the bottom left of the sheet, drawn with the sketchbook turned to the right, is a study of three sailing boats.
For a list of Turner’s sketches of Rouen in this book, see folio 1 (Tate D24500; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 1).

Thomas Ardill
February 2013

Ian Warrell, Turner catalogue files, Tate, CCLVIII 22a.

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