Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tours, Loire Valley

c.1829

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 399 x 460 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25148
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 26

Catalogue entry

Turner may have worked up this colour study of Tours as seen along the Loire River from the west as an idea for an illustration of the popular Keepsake annual publication.1 In the event he settled on a composition more tightly focused on the bridge and the city; see Tate impression T04686.
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p. 185.
Technical Notes:
The left-hand edge of the sheet has been shorn off in an irregular fashion.
Verso:
Blank

John Chu
March 2016

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