Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of Rouen and the River Seine from St Catherine’s Hill


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 118 × 123 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLVIII 30

Catalogue entry

This sketch continues on folio 23 verso (Tate D24544; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 23a) which was originally bound opposite this one in the book. It has been identified by Ian Warrell as the principal source for the gouache and watercolour design of Rouen from Mont Ste-Catherine, c.1832 (private collection) for Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Seine, 1834 (Tate T06239).1 Finberg also noted that a small sketch on folio 1 of this sketchbook (D24500; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 1) contained many of the key elements of the composition,2 and in fact, of the two, the sketch on folio 1 is closer to the final composition. The current sketch, however, while differing in the foreground details does provide a more detailed sketch of Rouen Cathedral.
See D24500 for a full list of Turner’s sketches of Rouen in this sketchbook.

Thomas Ardill
February 2013

Warrell 1999, p.275 under no.132. The gouache and watercolour design is reproduced on p.190 fig.168. According to Warrell, Turner also referred to sketches in the Rouen sketchbook, 1826: Tate D24084, D24091 and D24095 (Turner Bequest CCLV 4a, 9, 11).
Finberg 1909, II, p.286, CCLVIII 1.

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