Joseph Mallord William Turner

Blois, Loire Valley


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 103 x 153 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXLIX 19 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with studies of Blois and inscribed it with various notes on light and atmosphere. On the right-hand side of the page is featured the Pont Jacques-Gabriel accompanied by a detail sketch of the obelisk at the centre of the bridge. This is one of a substantial number of pages featuring sketches of the city and its environs, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook introduction. Turner subsequently returned to these drawings as part of a search for subjects for engraved reproduction. This culminated in two printed illustrations for Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France);1 see Tate impressions T04681, T04682.

John Chu
May 2015

Luke Herrmann, Turner Prints: The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 1990, pp.171–83.

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