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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Ruins of the Old Pont Eudes, Tours c.1826-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Ruins of the Old Pont Eudes, Tours c.1826–8
Turner Bequest CCXXI W
Pencil, watercolour and gouache on blue paper, 139 x 191 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCLIX W’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This colour sketch, formerly thought to depict a scene on the Rivers Meuse or Moselle, has been identified by Turner specialist, Ian Warrell, as a vista of Tours from the banks of the Loire.1 The towers of the Cathedral of Saint-Gaetan are only lightly sketched in pencil on the right-hand side of the sheet, which led to this misidentification. More clearly articulated are the towers of the Old Cathedral, the Tour de Guise, the Logis du Gouverneur, and the ruins of the old Pont Eudes at the centre of the composition.2 The sheet was worked up from a pencil sketch in the Loire, Tours, Orleans and Paris sketchbook which he took on his 1826 tour of Northern France (See entry for Tate D23264 (Turner Bequest CCXLIX 10), perhaps with the failed The English Channel or La Manche print series in mind.3 See the Introduction to this section for a list of comparable studies of the city.
Ian Warrell, Turner: The Fourth Decade: Watercolours 1820–1830, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1991, p.52.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.124–5.
Ibid. p.223.
Technical Notes:
The sheet belongs to a batch of blue paper with red fibres used by Turner made by George Steart of Bally, Ellen and Steart at De Montault Mill, Coombe Down, Bath.1
Ibid. p.238.

John Chu
March 2016

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Ruins of the Old Pont Eudes, Tours c.1826–8 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2016, 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-ruins-of-the-old-pont-eudes-tours-r1185473, accessed 17 October 2021.