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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Coteaux de Mauves, Loire Valley 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Recto:
Coteaux de Mauves, Loire Valley 1826
Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 9
Pencil on white laid paper, 110 x 170 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCXLVIII 9’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with drawings of the cliffs at Mauves on the banks of the River Loire. These were known as the Coteaux de Mauves and are located some twelve miles upstream of Nantes.1 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);2 see Tate impressions T04692 and T04696.

John Chu
April 2014

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.67–75.
Luke Herrmann, Turner Prints: The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 1990, pp.171–83.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Coteaux de Mauves, Loire Valley 1826 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2014, 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-coteaux-de-mauves-loire-valley-r1184999, accessed 18 October 2021.