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Collection of the Guild of St George, Museums Sheffield
View from Chateau Gaillard overlooking the Seine, France, after Turner
Date Made/Found: 1880
Artist: William Ward , British, 1829 - 1908
Artist: after Joseph Mallord William Turner , British, 1775 - 1851
Material and Medium: watercolour and bodycolour on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 266 x 303mm Support: 200 x 239mm
Department: Ruskin
Accession Number: CGSG00037
At a time when Turner’s work was not widely admired, John Ruskin described him as 'the man who beyond all doubt is the greatest of the age; greatest in every faculty of the imagination, in every branch of scenic knowledge; at once the painter and poet of the day.’ Ruskin commissioned this study because he wanted to make Turner’s work available to Sheffield’s workers and found the Turner engravings already in Sheffield’s Ruskin Collection ‘trebly valuable when compared with the coloured copies’. Ruskin particularly admired Ward’s skill in copying Turner’s original watercolours accurately and wrote this copy was ‘such a facsimile as only Mr Ward at present can produce.’ Turner made the original watercolour during one of his ‘Annual Tours’, during which he made many watercolours from viewpoints along the River Seine in France. In 1835, he had these watercolours engraved and published as a group called ‘Wanderings by the Seine’.
Display Location: In Store
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