The location of this scene of French peasant life is unknown. However Turner specialist Ian Warrell has connected it to the informal sketches which the artist made of the humble dwellings around Saumur during his tour of the Loire Valley in the autumn of 1826, noting especially its suitably rich and mellow palette.1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.113, 209 note 133.
Inscribed in pencil with the notes ‘2 b’ in the centre of the sheet, ‘CCLIX 190’ in the centre of the sheet. Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram ‘CCLIX 190’ in the centre of the sheet.
- spinning wheel(10)