Joseph Mallord William Turner

Picturesque Composition with Distant View of Blois

c.1796

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 244 x 346 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00674
Turner Bequest XXVII M

Catalogue entry

Ian Warrell has established that the view is of Blois, and concludes that this sheet, like a similar view of Tours (Tate D00673; Turner Bequest XXVII L), was executed at the behest of Dr Monro from a print in his possession. As in the Tours composition, the foreground appears to have been added from Turner’s imagination; Warrell notes the English flavour of the perfunctorily drawn vernacular buildings in the left foreground. The fact that he took these apparent liberties with the original may indicate that he was not working under Monro, who seems to have expected fairly literal transcriptions of the subjects he set. See also Tate D00724 (Turner Bequest XXIX S).
Verso:
Blank; some blue paint trials; not stamped.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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