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.
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