Joseph Mallord William Turner

Boats and Figures, Loire Valley

1826

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 103 x 153 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23250
Turner Bequest CCXLIX 3

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with studies of boats and figures working around them, presumably taken in the Loire Valley. Turner subsequently used local rivercraft to enliven his views of the Loire which he worked up for printed reproduction in The Keepsake annual (1831) and Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France).1 For examples, see Tate impressions T05107 and T04689.

John Chu
May 2015

1
Luke Herrmann, Turner Prints: The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 1990, pp. 164–6, 171–83.

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