Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches at Auxerre; Including One of the Cathedral from the River Yonne

1820

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 98 × 128 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16727
Turner Bequest CXCII 44

Catalogue entry

This page contains a series of sketches made at Auxerre, a city on the River Yonne in Burgundy. Turner has made swift, rough studies of several different elements including the bridge which he has noted has ’16 arches’, and a view from the banks of the river of the Gothic cathedral of Saint-Étienne. Further views of Auxerre dating from 1820 can be found in the Remarks (Italy) sketchbook (see Tate D16867–D16868 and D16871; Turner Bequest CXCIII 94a–95 and 96a).
The sheet also contains a small study of a figure wearing a large hat and the artist has added the written notes ‘Man white cap’ and ‘woman in Dark straw H[at]’.

Nicola Moorby
April 2013

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