This view of the cathedral and gate to the bishop’s palace, as seen from the Place de l'Archevêché, is one of several depictions of Tours in gouache and watercolour on blue paper which Turner worked up after his 1826 tour of the Loire Valley. The work is related to a pencil sketch of the cathedral from this tour; see entry for Tate D34677 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 242).1 However the pencil sketch over which this colour study is built up may have been taken on the spot as no other study has survived of the gate to the bishop’s palace.2 See the Introduction to this section for a list of comparable studies of the city.
Inscribed in pencil with the notes ‘12’ in the top left-hand corner of the sheet, and ‘CCLIX 72’ and ‘1b’ in the centre. Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCLIX 72’ in the centre of the sheet.
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