Joseph Mallord William Turner

Château de Clermont; Folies Siffait, Loire Valley

1826

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 170 × 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23171
Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 11

Catalogue entry

Turner filled much of this page with views of the seventeenth-century Château de Claremont, located on the River Loire some thirteen miles upstream of Nantes. Inverted in relation to the sketches above, the bottom of the page features the elaborate garden structures newly-built on the nearby estate of the architect Maximilen Siffait, known as the Folies Siffait. There are several pages of studies of these sites in this volume. A list of these is provided in the sketchbook introduction. In 1829, Turner exhibited an oil painting entitled The Banks of the Loire (Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts) at the Royal Academy which incorporated the buildings of the Folies Siffait.1

John Chu
April 2015

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.181, 183 reproduced

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