After Joseph Mallord William Turner
Chateau de Blois, engraved by J. Ruskin and T. Lupton published 1888

Artwork details

Chateau de Blois, engraved by J. Ruskin and T. Lupton
Date Published 1888
Medium Etching and mezzotint on paper
Dimensions Image: 129 x 180 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1988
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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Ruskin owned many of the works engraved in Turner's Annual Tour, 1833, including the dramatic image of the Facade des Loges of the chateau at Blois. In 1861 he gave all but one of his Loire subjects to the university museums at Oxford and Cambridge, but this was not the end of his connection with the images. This is one of a couple of the Loire views that Ruskin etched for Modern Painters. It was produced in mezzotint with the assistance of Thomas Lupton, and appeared in the 1888 edition of Volume V. Strangely, it did not relate directly to the adjacent text, although Ruskin had some years earlier praised the realisation of twilight in Robert Wallis's print of the subject.

September 2004