Joseph Mallord William Turner
Blois: The Façade des Loges of the Château from Below c.1828–30

Artwork details

Blois: The Façade des Loges of the Château from Below
Date c.1828–30
Medium Watercolour, gouache and pen and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 138 x 191 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIX 97
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Display caption

Turner was already familiar with the general view of Blois from the west, having made a copy of another artist's design while still an adolescent (no.2). The view he produced many years later for his set of Loire scenes repeats this prospect of the town, adding the atmospheric detail of the rising harvest moon over the Loire. His other views were more firmly rooted in his own experience of the town, particularly his powerful studies of the Renaissance facade of the chateau, which hangs over the gardens below looking like a heavy ornamented jewel box.

August 2004