J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Angers, North West France 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 34 Verso:
Angers, North West France
Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 34a
Pencil on white laid paper, 110 x 170 mm
Partial unidentified watermark
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘14’ top left, ascending vertically, ‘355’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a view of the medieval city of Angers, located on the River Maine close to its confluence with the Loire. The sketch in the upper half of the page features the gothic cathedral rising above the city rooftops. The sketch in the bottom left-hand corner of the page has been identified as a view of the Porte St-Nicholas with the tower of the Church of La Trinité.1 The Tour St-Aubin appears in the scene in the bottom right-hand corner. Turner made extensive study of Angers in this volume. A list of his drawings of the city is provided in the sketchbook introduction.

John Chu
April 2015

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p. 235.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Angers, North West France by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2017, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-angers-north-west-france-r1185049, accessed 03 December 2021.