Joseph Mallord William Turner

Tours; Beaugency, Loire Valley


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Prints and Drawings Room

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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 8 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the bottom of this page with a view of Tours seen the nearby hillside settlement of Saint-Cyr.1 At the top of the page, inverted in relation to the view of Tours, is a depiction of Beaugency, located some fifty-five miles further upstream along the Loire River. This is one of a substantial number of pages featuring sketches of these cities in this volume, lists of which are 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; see especially Tate D24712 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 147). 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);2 see Tate impressions T04680, T04685–T04688.

John Chu
May 2015

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p. 236.
Luke Herrmann, Turner Prints: The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 1990, pp.171–83.

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