Joseph Mallord William Turner

Saumur, Loire Valley

c.1826–8

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour, gouache and pen and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 131 x 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24759
Turner Bequest CCLIX 194

Catalogue entry

This view of the Îlot Censier (a river island) from the Pont des Sept Voyes with the turreted Maison de la Reine de Sicilie on the right is one of several depictions of Saumur in gouache and watercolour on blue paper which Turner worked up after his 1826 tour of the Loire Valley.1 See the Introduction to this section for a list of comparable studies of the town.
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.106, 107.
Technical Notes:
The sheet belongs to a batch of dense blue paper with dark fibres used by Turner made by George Steart of Bally, Ellen and Steart at De Montault Mill, Coombe Down, Bath. 1
A margin of darker blue paper around the edge of the sheet indicates prolonged exposure to light.
1
Ibid. p.238.
Verso:
The verso is obscured by the mount.

John Chu
March 2016

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