Joseph Mallord William Turner

Blois, Loire Valley

1826

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 153 x 103 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23246
Turner Bequest CCXLIX 1

Catalogue entry

Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, the small studies on this page feature the architecture of Blois Among the buildings depicted the Church of Saint-Laumer-Saint-Nicholas has been identified.1 This is one of a substantial number of pages featuring sketches of Blois and its environs, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook introduction. Turner subsequently returned to these drawings as part of a search for subjects for engraved reproduction. This culminated in two printed illustrations for Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France);2 see Tate impressions T04681, T04682.

John Chu
May 2015

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.235.
2
Luke Herrmann, Turner Prints: The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 1990, pp.171–83.

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