Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tour de Haute Chaine, Angers


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 131 × 187 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLX 17

Display caption

The sheets displayed in this showcase all depict Angers, the capital of the area known as Anjou, and mostly focus on the views to be had close to the riverside. The addition of another four of the smaller pieces would complete the sixteen sections of the original sheet of blue paper, to give some idea of its size before Turner folded and tore it into more useful, pocket-size fragments. Turner sketched in pencil on similar sheets of blue paper at Nantes and Tours, but in contrast with those places, very few of the views of Angers were later worked up in colour (no.78). This is probably because Angers lies on the River Maine, rather than the Loire, which had become the object of Turner's special interest.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry

This sketch depicts the Tour de Haute Chaine, part of the medieval defences of Angers, as seen from the right bank of the River Maine. It is one of several pencil sketches on blue paper which Turner made of this city on the 1826 tour of Northern France.1 See the Introduction to this section for a list of these works.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.100.
Technical Notes:
The sheet was formerly attached along one edge to Tate D24920 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 84).1 It belongs to a batch of blue paper fibres used by Turner made by George Steart of Bally, Ellen and Steart at De Montault Mill, Coombe Down, Bath. 2
Ibid. p.216.
Ibid. p.238.
Inscribed in red ink with the note ‘450.’ in the bottom left-hand corner of the sheet. Inscribed in pencil with the notes ‘D.24853’ in the bottom left-hand corner and ‘CCLX 17’ in the bottom right-hand corner.

John Chu
March 2016

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