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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 138 × 215 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04396
Turner Bequest LXXIII 4

Catalogue entry

The view is taken from the road leading back into the town through the south gate; the towers of the cathedral of St Etienne appear at right. Turner had followed the valley of the River Yonne some eighteen miles from Montereau. His annotations show he had at first confused the two places before correctly labelling the drawing ‘Sens’. From here he continued along the Yonne to Joigny (see folios 6 and 7 of this sketchbook, D04398, D04399).

David Blayney Brown
June 2004

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