Joseph Mallord William Turner
Sketch for ‘The Banks of the Loire’ c.1828–9

Artwork details

Sketch for ‘The Banks of the Loire’
Date c.1828–9
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 489 x 403 mm
frame: 570 x 485 x 55 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not on display

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Turner may have begun this small canvas in Italy in 1828 as a study for a larger painting, working from his recollections of his gouache study of the Folies-Siffait, a rather obscure site on the Loire near Oudon. He had received the commission for the finished picture (recently reidentified as ‘The Banks of the Loire’) from Sir Willoughby and Lady Julia Gordon, who specifically requested an upright composition (an unusual format for Turner) to complement the two small pictures they already owned by the artist.

February 2010

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