J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Autun, and the Roman Porte d'Arroux 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 20 Recto:
Autun, and the Roman Porte d’Arroux 1802
Turner Bequest LXXIII 20
Pencil on grey-buff laid paper, 138 x 215 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Autun’ bottom right
Numbered by a later hand in pencil ‘20’ and stamped in black ‘LXXIII 20’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
David Hill speculates that Turner’s second night out of Paris was spent at Autun.1 He made this general view of the town from a point beside the river, with the bridge in the foreground and the Porte d’Arroux – the Roman Porta Senonica leading to the Via Agrippa, and one of two gates which are among the town’s important Roman remains – on the left and the Romanesque cathedral of St-Lazare with its fifteenth-century belfry on the right. A closer and more detailed sketch of the gate is on folio 22 of this sketchbook (D04414).
Hill 1992, p.26.

David Blayney Brown
June 2004

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Autun, and the Roman Porte d’Arroux 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2004, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-autun-and-the-roman-porte-darroux-r1133039, accessed 14 June 2024.