Joseph Mallord William Turner

Orléans, Loire Valley

c.1826–8

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour, gouache and pen and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 135 x 188 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20225
Turner Bequest CCXX R

Catalogue entry

This view across the River Loire to the great buildings of Orléans from the south is one of several colour depictions of the city on relatively light-weight blue paper which Turner worked up after his 1826 tour of Northern France.1 It is based on a pencil sketch in the Loire, Tours, Orleans and Paris sketchbook; see entry for Tate D23303 (Turner Bequest CCXLIX 29a).2 See the Introduction to this section for a list of comparable studies of the city.
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.238.
2
Ibid. p.224.
Technical Notes:
A margin of darker blue paper round the edge of the sheet indicates fading due to prolonged exposure to sunlight.
Verso:
The centre of the sheet bears the pencil notes ’27 | 7b’ and ‘CCXX R’. It is also stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCXX – R’.

John Chu
March 2016

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