Joseph Mallord William Turner

Roche-Corbon, near Tours

c.1826–8

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour and gouache on paper
Dimensions
Support: 145 × 197 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24733
Turner Bequest CCLIX 168

Catalogue entry

This colour study of the last remnant of the medieval castle at Roche-Corbon, known as the lanterne, was worked up by Turner from his 1826 tour of the River Loire. It is based on pencil drawings in the Loire, Tours, Orleans and Paris sketchbook; see entry for Tate D23274 and D23275 (Turner Bequest CCXLIX 15, 15a).
Technical Notes:
The sheet belongs to a batch of lightweight 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:
The sheet is fully obscured by the mount on the verso.

John Chu
March 2016

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