Joseph Mallord William Turner

Abbey of Marmoutier, near Tours

c.1826–8

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour, gouache and pen and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 140 x 192 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24583
Turner Bequest CCLIX 18

Catalogue entry

This brooding depiction of the ruined abbey of Marmoutier near Tours picked out against the brighter colours of the town beyond is one of several colour studies which Turner worked up from material collected on his 1826 tour of the Loire Valley. It is based on a pencil sketch he made in the Loire, Tours, Orleans and Paris sketchbook; see entry for Tate D23266 (Turner Bequest CCXLIX 11).
Technical Notes:
The sheet belongs to a batch of dense blue paper with dark fibres used by Turner made by George Steart of Bally, Ellen and Steart at De Montault Mill, Coombe Down, Bath.1
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, Ibid. p.238.
Verso:
Inscribed in pencil with the notes ’18 – 410’ in the top left-hand corner of the sheet and ‘19’ in the centre. Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCLIX – 18’ in the bottom left-hand corner of the sheet.

John Chu
March 2016

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