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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Château de Clermont, Loire Valley 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 10 Verso:
Château de Clermont, Loire Valley 1826
D23170
Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 10a
Pencil on white laid paper, 110 x 170 mm
Partial unidentified watermark
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Clearmont | Clermont’ left centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘38’ 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 much of this page with views of the seventeenth-century Château de Claremont, located on the River Loire some thirteen miles upstream of Nantes. There are several pages of studies of this site in this volume which are listed in the sketchbook introduction. Turner subsequently worked up these sketches into colour studies on blue paper with a view to engraved reproduction. These culminated in two prints in Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France);1 see Tate impressions T04692 and T04695.

John Chu
April 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 Clermont, 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-loire-valley-r1185002, accessed 18 October 2021.