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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Blois, Loire Valley 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 1 Recto:
Blois, Loire Valley 1826
Turner Bequest CCXLIX 1
Pencil on white laid paper, 153 x 103 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Bois | Fog’ towards bottom right, descending vertically
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘1’ bottom left, inverted, ‘266’ top left, inverted
Stamped in black ‘CCXLIX 1’ top left, inverted
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, the small studies on this page feature the architecture of Blois Among the buildings depicted the Church of Saint-Laumer-Saint-Nicholas has been identified.1 This is one of a substantial number of pages featuring sketches of Blois and its environs, a list of which is provided in the sketchbook introduction. Turner subsequently returned to these drawings as part of a search for subjects for engraved reproduction. This culminated in two 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 T04681, T04682.

John Chu
May 2015

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.235.
Luke Herrmann, Turner Prints: The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 1990, pp.171–83.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Blois, Loire Valley 1826 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 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-blois-loire-valley-r1185083, accessed 20 May 2022.