Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rouen in the Distance, with the River Seine


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 107 × 156 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIII 74 a

Catalogue entry

The page contains a sketch, drawn horizontally, of a ship on a river, with buildings on the water’s edge to the right. Finberg identified it as ‘Rouen in distance’,1 and the subject has been confirmed.2 The sketch is rough, yet Turner conveys the sweep of the shore of the River Seine from the foreground to the right, the shapes of the ship’s sails and rigging, and the shapes of the city’s buildings at right.
Finberg 1909, II, p.771.
?Ian Warrell, ‘Turner on the Seine: Topographical Index’, c.1999, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain (printout in copy of Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999), p.5.
Technical notes:
There is brownish discolouration on this page, the edge of the staining apparent on the lower left, from damage likely caused by the 1928 Tate Gallery flood (see the technical notes to the sketchbook’s Introduction).

Caroline South
May 2017

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