Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tower at Oudon, Loire Valley

c.1826–8

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour, gouache and pen and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 145 x 195 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24751
Turner Bequest CCLIX 186

Catalogue entry

Turner worked up this colour study on blue paper of the medieval tower at Oudon from sketches he made in the Nantes, Angers and Saumur sketchbook during his 1826 tour of the Loire Valley. See entry for Tate D23174 (Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 12a).1
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.220 no.68.
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
1
Ibid. p.238.
Verso:
Inscribed in pencil with the pencil note ’29 | b’ in the centre of the page and ‘CCLIX . 186’ and ‘D24751’ in the bottom right-hand corner. Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCLIX – 186’ in the centre of the page.

John Chu
March 2016

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