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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Orléans, Loire Valley 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 36 Recto:
Orléans, Loire Valley 1826
Turner Bequest CCXLIX 34
Pencil on white laid paper, 103 x 153 mm
Partial watermark of bunch of grapes
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Cafe [...]’, ‘Caffe Com[...]te’, ‘a la G[...]e’ towards bottom left, ‘MAIRE’, ‘[...]d, ‘M[...]’ bottom right, ‘Café T[...]lle’ right centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘34’ top left, ascending vertically, ‘266’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCXLIX 34’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with studies of the architecture of Orléans. Amongst the buildings depicted here, the theatre, the Hôtel Dieu and the cathedral as viewed from the Hôtel Groslot have been identified. 1This is one of a substantial number of sketches of the city and its environs in this volume, a list of which is 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 a printed illustration for Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France);2 see Tate impression T04679.

John Chu
May 2015

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.237.
Luke Herrmann, Turner Prints: The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 1990, pp.171–83.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Orléans, Loire Valley 1826 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-orleans-loire-valley-r1185152, accessed 28 May 2020.