[from] The Keepsake pub.1828–37 [T04614-T04630; T05105-T05109; complete]
Five line-engravings, by various engravers and in various states, comprising five subjects out of a total of seventeen; various papers and sizes
Purchased (Grant-in-Aid) 1988
Prov: ...; N.W. Lott and H.J. Gerrish Ltd, from whom bt by Tate Gallery (earlier provenance given in individual entries where known)
Lit: Andrew Wilton, Turner Abroad, 1982, Turner in his Time, 1987; Cecilia Powell, Turner in the South, 1987; Eric Shanes, Turner's England: 1810–38, 1990
For details of the series, see introduction to T04614-T04630. The engravers responsible for these subjects were: Edward Goodall (1795–1870), Robert Wallis (1794–1878), William R. Smith (active 1820s–50s), James Tibbits Willmore (1800–63) and William Miller (1796 –1882).
One of the engravings, T05106, is recorded as having belonged to the Revd Stopford Augustus Brooke (1832 –1916), a keen enthusiast of Turner's work and the author of Notes on the Liber Studiorum of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., 1885.
T05107 Saumur engr. R. Wallis
Line-engraving 94 × 141 (3 11/16 × 5 9/16) on wove paper 177 × 249 (6 15/16 × 9 13/16); plate-mark 154 × 217 (6 1/16 × 8 9/16)
Engraved inscriptions: ‘Drawn by J.M.W. Turner, R.A.’ below image b.l., ‘Engraved by Robt. Wallis’ below image b.r., ‘Saumur | London, Published by Longman & Co. Paternoster Row.’ below image at centre
Lit: Rawlinson II 1913, no.324, ? reprint
This is probably a reprint of the plate published in The Keepsake, 1831, p.222. Original watercolour: British Museum (Wilton 1979, no.1046; Wilton 1982, no.50, repr.; Wilton 1987, p.135, fig.187). The exact description of this state does not appear in Rawlinson and no reprints are listed for ‘Saumur’. Although Rawlinson does not describe the lettering for plates that were reprinted in Heath's Gallery of British Engravings, 1836, it seems probable that this plate was indeed one of them, since it bears the same publication line and a similar style of inscription to T05105, issued in the Gallery of British Engravings. The plate illustrated ‘Saumur - a tale of real life’ by R. Bernal, MP.
Tate Gallery: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions 1986-88, London 1996