Joseph Mallord William Turner

Saint-Cyr; Tours, Loire Valley


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 103 × 153 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXLIX 6 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the left-hand side of this page with a view of the settlement of Saint-Cyr. In the upper right-hand quadrant of the page, he also included distant westerly views of the Tours, most likely taken from Saint-Cyr. This is one of a substantial number of sketches of Tours and its environs in this volume, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook introduction. Turner subsequently used these drawings as the basis for multiple colour studies and finished watercolours on blue paper with a view to engraved reproduction. These culminated in four printed illustrations for Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France);1 see Tate impressions T04685–T04688.

John Chu
May 2015

Luke Herrmann, Turner Prints: The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 1990, pp.171–83.

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