This is one of several colour studies on blue paper of the town of Montjean-sur-Loire, perched on its riverside eminence, which Turner worked up from his 1826 tour of the Loire Valley.1 It is based on pencil studies in the Nantes, Angers and Saumur sketchbook; see entry for Tate D23190 and D23191 (Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 21, 21a). See the Introduction to this section for a list of comparable studies of the site.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.92–5.
Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘CCLIX . 163’ in the bottom right-hand corner of the page.