Joseph Mallord William Turner

Figures at Work; Chateaus, Loire Valley

1826

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 153 x 103 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23293
Turner Bequest CCXLIX 24 a

Catalogue entry

Turner filled this page with drawings of various subjects including groups of figures in local dress towards the top of the page. The cluster of landscape views at the top of the page have been identified as follows: the settlement of Chaumont, located on the River Loire between Amboise and Blois, complete with its medieval castle; the Château de Menars, some twenty miles upstream beyond Blois; and perhaps the Château de Chambord on the opposite bank of the Loire to Menars.1 The landscapes in the bottom half of the page, inverted in relation to the drawings above, have been located to the area around the church of Montlivault, between the river and Chambord.2

John Chu
May 2015

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp. 236–7.
2
Ibid.

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