Joseph Mallord William Turner

Street Scene, Rouen, with Cathedral

1821

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 123 × 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24558
Turner Bequest CCLVIII 30 a

Catalogue entry

Ian Warrell has suggested that this sketch, drawn with the book turned to the right, depicts one of the streets to the west of Rouen Cathedral looking towards the cathedral spires that can be seen at the end of the road.1 Turner’s inscription, however, looks like it says ‘Rue Bac’, in which case this could be a view from Rue du Bac to the south of the cathedral, from which the spires are clearly visible.
For a list of Turner’s sketches of Rouen in this book, see folio 1 (Tate D24500; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 1).
1
Ian Warrell, Turner catalogue files, Tate, CCLVIII 30a.
Technical notes:
The page is badly foxed at the upper left.

Thomas Ardill
February 2013

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