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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Château de Blois, Loire Valley 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 22 Recto:
Château de Blois, Loire Valley 1826
D23286
Turner Bequest CCXLIX 21
Pencil on white laid paper, 103 x 153 mm
Partial watermark of bunch of grapes
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘21’ top left, descending vertically, ‘266’ top right, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCXLIX 21’ top right, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner worked a study of the chateau at Blois into the left-hand side of this page. This westerly view takes in the highly ornamented Façade des Loges. 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);1 see Tate impressions T04681, T04682.

John Chu
May 2015

1
Luke Herrmann, Turner Prints: The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 1990, pp.171–83.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Château de 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-chateau-de-blois-loire-valley-r1185125, accessed 19 November 2019.