In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Support: 142 × 191 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIX 126

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Troyes was the furthest point up the Seine depicted by Turner for the 1835 edition of the *Annual Tour*. When he arrived there during the 1832 tour his interest in the project had been overtaken by his enthusiasm for the more recent commission to locate places associated with Napoloeon. Consequently he travelled east to Brienne, instead of south towards the source of the Seine near Dijon. Nevertheless, this drawing, with its atmospheric mood of an early autumn evening, provides a suitable note on which to close the sequence. The towers of the city are seen from the surrounding ramparts, where residents enjoy the air at the end of the day, an activity recommended in contemporary guidebooks.

Gallery label, September 2004

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