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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Château de Clermont; Folies Siffait, Loire Valley 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Recto:
Château de Clermont; Folies Siffait, Loire Valley 1826
Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 11
Pencil on white laid paper, 170 x 110 mm
Partial unidentified watermark
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Sand’ towards top right, ‘Clermont’ right centre, ‘?Fo’ bottom centre, inverted
Stamped in black ‘CCXLVIII 11’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner filled much of this page with views of the seventeenth-century Château de Claremont, located on the River Loire some thirteen miles upstream of Nantes. Inverted in relation to the sketches above, the bottom of the page features the elaborate garden structures newly-built on the nearby estate of the architect Maximilen Siffait, known as the Folies Siffait. There are several pages of studies of these sites in this volume. A list of these is provided in the sketchbook introduction. In 1829, Turner exhibited an oil painting entitled The Banks of the Loire (Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts) at the Royal Academy which incorporated the buildings of the Folies Siffait.1

John Chu
April 2015

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.181, 183 reproduced

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Château de Clermont; Folies Siffait, 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-chateau-de-clermont-folies-siffait-loire-valley-r1185003, accessed 18 October 2021.