Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coteaux de Mauves; Château de Clermont, Loire Valley


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 170 × 110 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 9 a

Catalogue entry

Turner filled this page with drawings of the cliffs at Mauves on the banks of the River Loire. These were known as the Coteaux de Mauves and are located some twelve miles upstream of Nantes.1 With the sketchbook turned horizontally, he also sketched views of the nearby seventeenth-century Château de Claremont on its hilltop along the left-hand edge of the page. There are several pages of studies of these sites in this volume. A list of these is provided in the sketchbook introduction. Turner subsequently worked up these sketches into colour studies on blue paper with a view to engraved reproduction. These culminated in three prints in Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France);2 see Tate impressions T04692, T04695 and T04696.

John Chu
April 2015

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.67–75.
Luke Herrmann, Turner Prints: The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 1990, pp.171–83.

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