Joseph Mallord William Turner

Angers, North West France

1826

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 110 x 170 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23221
Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 36 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with a view of the medieval city of Angers, located on the River Maine close to its confluence with the Loire. The fortified structure on the left-hand side of the central sketch has been identified as the Tour de Guillou.1 The castle walls are shown on the right-hand side of the central sketch and also in the smaller sketch in the bottom right-hand corner. Turner made extensive study of Angers in this volume. A list of his drawings of the city is provided in the sketchbook introduction.

John Chu
April 2015

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p. 235.

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