Joseph Mallord William Turner

Beaugency, Loire Valley

c.1828–30

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour, gouache and pen and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 138 x 188 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24660
Turner Bequest CCLIX 95

Catalogue entry

This view of Beaugency on the River Loire, viewed from just beyond its dilapidated ramparts to the north east, is one of several depictions of the town in gouache and watercolour on blue paper which Turner worked up after his 1826 tour. It is based on pencil studies made in the Loire, Tours, Orleans and Paris sketchbook; see entry for Tate D23261 and especially D23294 (Turner Bequest CCXLIX 8a, 25).1 See the Introduction to this section for a list of comparable studies of the site.
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.144, 224 no.92
Technical Notes:
The sheet belongs to a batch of blue paper with red fibres used by Turner made by George Steart of Bally, Ellen and Steart at De Montault Mill, Coombe Down, Bath. Another sheet from the batch bears a watermark dated 1828. 1
1
Ibid. p.238.
Verso:
Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘CCLIX . 95’ in the centre of the sheet. Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCLIX 95’ in the centre of the sheet.

John Chu
March 2016

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