Joseph Mallord William Turner

Château de la Madeleine, Varades

c.1826–8

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour, gouache and pen and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 141 x 191 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24656
Turner Bequest CCLIX 91

Catalogue entry

Turner based this depiction of the feudal castle at Varades near the abbey of St-Florent-le-Vieil on a pencil sketch he made from the River Loire in the Nantes, Angers and Saumur sketchbook of 1826; see entry for Tate D23186 (Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 19).1
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.88.
Technical Notes:
The sheet belongs to a batch of lightweight blue paper used by Turner made by George Steart of Bally, Ellen and Steart at De Montault Mill, Coombe Down, Bath.1
1
Ibid. p.238.
Verso:
Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘CCLIX . 91’ and stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCLIX – 91’ in the centre of the page.

John Chu
March 2016

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