Joseph Mallord William Turner

Pont des Treilles and the Cathedral, Angers

1826

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 131 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20317
Turner Bequest CCXXIV 27

Catalogue entry

This pencil sketch depicts Angers as seen from the right bank of the River Maine with the ruins of the Pont des Treilles in the foreground and the spires of the cathedral rising above the horizon line. It is one of several pencil sketches on blue paper which Turner made of this city on the 1826 tour.1 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.100.
Technical Notes:
The sheet belongs to a batch of blue paper used by Turner made by George Steart of Bally, Ellen and Steart at De Montault Mill, Coombe Down, Bath.1
1
Ibid. p.238.
Verso:
Inscribed in red ink with the note ‘429’ in the bottom left-hand corner of the sheet. Inscribed in pencil with the notes ‘D. 20317’ in the bottom left-hand corner of the sheet, ‘425 | 27’ in the top left-hand corner and ‘CCXXIV . 27’ bottom right-hand corner.

John Chu
March 2016

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