Exhibition catalogue text

Catalogue entry from Turner on the Loire

81 Saumur from the west (the basis for the Keepsake watercolour, see fig.181 and p.225) ?c. 1828 (fig.103)
Watercolour and gouache, with pen, on blue paper (type C) 130 x 190 (5 1/8 x 7 1/2)
Verso (D40128): Interior of a cave dwelling, possibly related to cat.83; inscribed in pencil, 'Keepsake'
Preliminary sketches: There are no sketches of Saumur from the west in any of Turner's sketchbooks, which implies that this composition may have been recorded on the spot. But as with cat.79, which is also a view of Saumur, this sheet seems to date from 1828 or later, and could not have been carried with Turner on the 1826 tour. In this case, he may have constructed the design from memory; note the inaccurate number of arches on the bridge
Copies: There is a copy by William Ward in the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1926.33.35). Another copy was made for Ruskin by Isabella Lee Jay: seeWorks, XIII, pp.530-31, no.64, R
EXH: National Gallery 1881, Group XVII - Various (Latest), no.383, as 'Saumur' (Ruskin, Works, XIII, p.384); Exhibited Drawings, no.383, as 'Saumur', one of a group of 'Various Sketches (Late Period)' (Ruskin, Works, XIII, p.626); Tate Gallery 1991 (46, repr. p.50)
LIT: Finberg 1909, II, p.797, as 'Saumur'; Wilton 1982, pl.49, as 'c.1829'; L?v?que-Mingam 1996, p.64 fig.45
TB CCLIX 145; D24710

Published in:
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.222 no.81, reproduced in colour p.110