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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Cave Dwellings; Hilly Terrain near Saumur, Loire Valley 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 44 Verso:
Cave Dwellings; Hilly Terrain near Saumur, Loire Valley 1826
Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 44a
Pencil on white laid paper, 110 x 170 mm
Partial unidentified watermark
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘5’ 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 drawings taken around Saumur on the banks of the River Loire. The hillside buildings sketched on the right-hand side of the page have been traced to the river cliffs around that city.1Running vertically up the left-hand side of the page is a sketch of one the cave dwellings which are a particular feature of Saumurois countryside. This drawing continues onto folio 45 recto opposite (D23238; Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 45). Several pages in this volume feature these distinctive habitations; a list of these drawings is included in the sketchbook introduction. Turner subsequently worked up a colour study of one of these caves on blue paper; see Tate D23240 (Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 46).

John Chu
April 2015

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

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Cave Dwellings; Hilly Terrain near Saumur, Loire Valley 1826 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-cave-dwellings-hilly-terrain-near-saumur-loire-valley-r1185069, accessed 08 December 2021.