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This spare, much-admired evocation of the abbey of St-Florent-le-Vieil is one of several colour studies of landmarks of the River Loire which Turner worked up from his 1826 tour of Northern France. It is based on sketches he took of the site in the Nantes, Angers and Saumur sketchbook; see entry for Tate D23185 and D23186 (Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 18, 19).1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.221 no.71.
Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘99’ in the centre of the page.