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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Château de Montcontour and Vouvray near Tours; Blois, Loire Valley 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Verso:
Château de Montcontour and Vouvray near Tours; Blois, Loire Valley
Turner Bequest CCXLIX 11a
Pencil on white laid paper, 153 x 103 mm
Partial watermark of bunch of grapes
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Montcontour’ top centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘1396’ bottom right descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner filled the upper half of this page with small cursory sketches which have been identified as depictions of the Château de Montcontour and the nearby church tower at Vouvray close to Tours.1 At the bottom of the page, inverted in relation to the drawings above, is a sketch of Blois, located some thirty-five miles further up the River Loire, as seen across the Pont Jacques-Gabriel. This is one of a substantial number of pages depicting these cities in this volume, lists of which are provided in the sketchbook introduction. Turner subsequently used these drawings as the basis for multiple colour studies and finished watercolours on blue paper with a view to engraved reproduction. These culminated in 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, T04685–T04688.

John Chu
May 2015

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p. 236.
Luke Herrmann, Turner Prints: The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 1990, pp.171–83.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Château de Montcontour and Vouvray near Tours; Blois, Loire Valley 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-montcontour-and-vouvray-near-tours-blois-loire-r1185104, accessed 17 April 2021.