Joseph Mallord William Turner

Angers, North West France

1826

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 110 x 170 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23217
Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 34 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a view of the medieval city of Angers, located on the River Maine close to its confluence with the Loire. The sketch in the upper half of the page features the gothic cathedral rising above the city rooftops. The sketch in the bottom left-hand corner of the page has been identified as a view of the Porte St-Nicholas with the tower of the Church of La Trinité.1 The Tour St-Aubin appears in the scene in the bottom right-hand corner. Turner made extensive study of Angers in this volume. A list of his drawings of the city is provided in the sketchbook introduction.

John Chu
April 2015

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p. 235.

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