With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with views of the city of Saumur on the banks of the River Loire. The bridge traversing the central scene has been identified as the Pont Cessart and the steepled edifice in the sketch above as the Church of St-Nicholas.1There are several pages of studies of Saumur in this volume which are listed in the sketchbook introduction. Turner subsequently worked up these sketches into colour studies on blue paper with a view to engraved reproduction. These culminated in two prints: one published in The Keepsake annual (1831) and the other in Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France);2 see Tate impressions T05107 and T04689.
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