Joseph Mallord William Turner

Folies Siffait, Loire Valley

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: 145 x 196 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24702
Turner Bequest CCLIX 137

Catalogue entry

Turner made this colour study of the recently-constructed riverside garden folly, the Folies Siffait, after his 1826 tour of the River Loire. It shows the structure from the east and is based on pencil sketches in the Nantes, Angers and Saumur sketchbook; see entry for Tate D23172- D23174 (Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 11a-21a).1
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.220 no.67.
Technical Notes:
The sheet belongs to a batch of 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 ‘19a’.

John Chu
March 2016

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