Joseph Mallord William Turner

Montjean-sur-Loire, 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: 142 x 192 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24767
Turner Bequest CCLIX 202

Catalogue entry

This is one of several colour studies on blue paper of the town of Montjean-sur-Loire, perched on its riverside eminence, which Turner worked up from his 1826 tour of the Loire Valley.1 It is based on pencil studies in the Nantes, Angers and Saumur sketchbook; see entry for Tate D23188 (Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 20). See the Introduction to this section for a list of comparable studies of the site.
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.92–5.
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 . 202’ towards the bottom right-hand corner of the page.

John Chu
March 2016

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