Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Béhuard, near Angers

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: 141 x 195 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24596
Turner Bequest CCLIX 31

Catalogue entry

Turner based this depiction of a riverside settlement picked out against a dark sky on a pencil sketch he made in the Nantes, Angers and Saumur sketchbook of 1826; see entry for Tate D23195 (Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 23a). Turner specialist Ian Warrell has suggested that the subject is Béhuard, situated on an island in the River Loire.1
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.113, 209 note 133.
Technical Notes:
The sheet belongs to a batch of dense blue paper with black fibres used by Turner made by George Steart of Bally, Ellen and Steart at De Montault Mill, Coombe Down, Bath.1
1
Ibid. p.238.
Verso:
Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘31’ in the top left-hand corner.

John Chu
March 2016

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