Turner made a short excursion to the east from Saumur, following the southern bank of the Loire. He stopped close to Candes St-Martin and Montsoreau before he got to the point at which the Loire meets its tributary, the Vienne. It is the outline of these adjoining villages that can be seen in the distance here, but it is the confluence of the rivers that forms the true subject, since this is where the reflected light from the rising sun falls on the water. The view was engraved under the title 'Reitz', an approximation of 'Rets', which was the traditional name for Montsoreau. Several details were added to this engraved version of the scene, including the boats in the foreground.
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