Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of Rouen from the Side of St Catherine’s Hill

1821

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 × 123 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24509
Turner Bequest CCLVIII 5 a

Catalogue entry

Made from the slopes of St Catherine’s Hill, this view of Rouen includes the spires of St Maclou (the tall Gothic spire at the left), with the spires of the cathedral before it, and St Ouen at the far right of the page. Turner has noted ‘Cuyp yellow’, referring to the golden light that illuminates many of the landscapes and marine paintings of the Dutch artist Aelbert Cuyp (1620–1691). He often inscribed the artist’s name as a colour note in this way in his sketches.1
For a list of Turner’s sketches of Rouen in this book, see folio 1 (Tate D24500; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 1).

Thomas Ardill
February 2013

1
A. [‘Fred’] H.G. Bachrach, ‘Aelbert Cuyp’, Evelyn Joll, Martin Butlin and Luke Herrmann (eds.), The Oxford Companion to J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 2001, pp.69–70; Warrell 1999, pp.174, 261 note 104.

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