Exhibition catalogue text

79 Saumur from the Pont de la Croix-Verte ?c.1828 (fig.98)
Pencil, watercolour and gouache, with pen, on faded blue paper (type C) 131 x 186
(5 1/8 x 7 3/8)
Preliminary sketches: There are no studies for this design, which would appear to have been sketched on the spot. This is belied by the paper on which it is made, which may have been part of a larger sheet with an 1828 watermark
Copies: There may be a version of this subject by Isabella Lee Jay, but Cook and Wedderburn are wrong to link this subject with Ruskin's comments on pp.530-31 of Vol.XIII of the Library Edition (no.64, R, note 4). See instead cat.81
Engraved: An etching of this subject was made by Alfred Louis Brunet-Debaines, c.1878, and used to illustrate Hamerton 1879, where it appears opp. p.236, as 'City on one of the Rivers of France'. An impression of this print can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum (E.551-1888). See also cats.51 and 73.
EXH: Marlborough House 1857, frame 137, no.304, as 'Saumur' (Ruskin, Works, XIII, p.312: 'first-rate'); Exhibited Drawings, no.619, a (Ruskin, Works, XIII, p.637); displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum 1920-21; Tate Gallery 1992-3 (p.82 fig.111)
LIT:; Finberg 1909, II, p.801, as 'Saumur'; L?v?que-Mingam 1996, p.61 fig.41
TB CCLIX 201; D24766

Published in:
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.222 no.79, reproduced p.105