Joseph Mallord William Turner

Marmoutier Abbey; Tours, Loire Valley


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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 11

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the centre of this page with a sketch of the Portail de la Crosse at Marmoutier Abbey in Tours. This was later used as the basis for a colour study; see Tate D24583. A distant view of the city is featured at the top of the page. This is one of a substantial number of pages depicting Tours in its environs in this volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook introduction. Turner subsequently used these drawings as the basis for multiple colour studies and finished watercolours on blue paper with a view to engraved reproduction; see especially Tate D24712 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 147). These culminated in four 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 T04685–T04688.

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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