Joseph Mallord William Turner

Saumur, Loire Valley

1826

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 110 x 170 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23232
Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 42

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with drawings of the city of Saumur on the banks of the River Loire. Amongst the imposing buildings depicted, have been identified the dome of the Church of Notre-Dame des Ardilliers, the ornate roofline of the Hôtel de Ville, and the towered castle.1There are several pages of studies of Saumur in this volume which are listed in the sketchbook introduction. Turner subsequently worked up these sketches into colour studies on blue paper with a view to engraved reproduction. These culminated in two prints: one published in The Keepsake annual (1831) and the other in Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France);2 see Tate impressions T05107 and T04689.

John Chu
April 2015

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p. 235.
2
Luke Herrmann, Turner Prints: The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 1990, pp. 164–6, 171–83.

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