Joseph Mallord William Turner

River Maine, Angers


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Watercolour, gouache and pen and watercolour on paper
Support: 130 × 183 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIX 94

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Turner made more sketches on blue paper at Angers than at either Nantes or Tours, but surprisingly seems to have developed only two in colour. This view from the right bank of the River Maine, looks downstream along the ruins of the Pont des Treilles, but omits the imposing chateau and cathedral on the opposite bank. The other colour subject is in the collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where it was previously listed as a view of Arles. Turner perhaps restricted himself to these two colour works because of the scope of his set of engravings, which deals exclusively with the scenery along the Loire itself. (Some of the sketches of Angers on blue paper can be found in the showcase).

Gallery label, September 2004

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