Joseph Mallord William Turner

Blois, Loire Valley


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Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 103 × 153 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXLIX 19

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with studies of Blois. At the centre of the page is featured the Pont Jacques-Gabriel with the Prefecture to the right. In the upper right-hand quadrant of the page can be seen the apse of the cathedral with the Bishop’s Palace next to it. This is one of a substantial number of pages featuring sketches of the city 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);1 see Tate impressions T04681, T04682.

John Chu
May 2015

Luke Herrmann, Turner Prints: The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 1990, pp.171–83.

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