Joseph Mallord William Turner

Champtoceaux, Loire Valley

1826

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 170 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23176
Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 13 a

Catalogue entry

Turner filled much of this page with sketches of the ruined castle at Champtoceaux located on the banks of the River Loire. At the centre of the page, the remains of the old toll station are seen perched on their stone arches. There are several pages of studies of this site in this volume. A list of these is provided in the sketchbook introduction. In subsequent years the artist returned to his sketches of Champtoceaux with a view to finding material for engraved reproduction. This resulted in a print in Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France) mistitled Château Hamelin;1 see Tate impression T04693.

John Chu
April 2015

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

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