Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cave Interior with Wine Barrels, near Saumur

c.1826–8

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour, gouache and pen and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 131 × 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24831
Turner Bequest CCLIX 266

Catalogue entry

This tonally dramatic colour study of the interior of a cave stocked with barrels of wine is derived from material Turner gathered near Saumur on his 1826 tour of the Loire Valley. See entry for Tate D23240 (Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 46) in the Nantes, Angers and Saumur sketchbook, and Tate D40128 for less developed pencil sketches of the cave dwellings of Northern France.1
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p. 222 no.83.
Verso:
Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘CCLIX – 266’ in the top left-hand corner of the sheet.

John Chu
March 2016

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