Joseph Mallord William Turner

Blois: The Façade des Loges of the Château; (Bottom Right) The Church of St-Vincent-de-Paul

1826

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 153 x 103 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23285
Turner Bequest CCXLIX 20 a

Display caption

This book charts Turner's journey from a little to the west of Tours, up the River Loire to Orleans, and concludes with a group of studies in Paris. Tne focus of Turner's investigations wherever he stopped tended to be the distinctive architectural features. Thus at Blois he made sketches of the elegant bridge and the Renaissance facade of the great chateau. As is the case in the sketches displayed here, his observations were sometimes generalised, so that when he came to develop them in colour, he was also dependent on his memory and his knowledge of architectural logic. However, the view he developed of the Facade des Loges (no.124) ignored the asymmetry that adds such character to the actual building.

Gallery label, August 2004