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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Montjean-sur-Loire, Loire Valley 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 21 Verso :
Montjean-sur-Loire, Loire Valley 1826
Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 21a
Pencil on white laid paper, 170 x 110 mm
Partial unidentified watermark
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘27’ bottom left, inverted, ‘355’ top left, inverted
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner filled this page with easterly views of the settlement of Montjean-sur-Loire, perched on its three hills overlooking the River Loire. There are several pages of studies of this location 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 a print published in Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France) 1 wherein the ruined condition of its monastic and ecclesiastical edifices is more evident; see Tate impression T04691.

John Chu
April 2015

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

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Montjean-sur-Loire, 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-montjean-sur-loire-loire-valley-r1185023, accessed 28 November 2021.