Joseph Mallord William Turner
Angers: Looking South Down the Maine c.1826–8

Artwork details

Angers: Looking South Down the Maine
Date c.1826–8
Medium Watercolour, gouache and pen and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 130 x 183 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIX 94
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Display caption

Turner made more sketches on blue paper at Angers than at either Nantes or Tours, but surprisingly seems to have developed only two in colour. This view from the right bank of the River Maine, looks downstream along the ruins of the Pont des Treilles, but omits the imposing chateau and cathedral on the opposite bank. The other colour subject is in the collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where it was previously listed as a view of Arles. Turner perhaps restricted himself to these two colour works because of the scope of his set of engravings, which deals exclusively with the scenery along the Loire itself. (Some of the sketches of Angers on blue paper can be found in the showcase).

September 2004