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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Saumur, Loire Valley c.1828

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Saumur, Loire Valley c.1828
Turner Bequest CCLIX 201
Pencil, watercolour, gouache and ink on faded blue paper, 131 x 186 mm
Blind stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram bottom left
Stamped in black ‘CCLIX – 201’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view of Saumur from the Pont de la Croix-Verte is one of several depictions of this riverside town in gouache and watercolour on blue paper which Turner worked up after his 1826 tour of the Loire Valley.1 See the Introduction to this section for a list of comparable studies.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.106, 107.
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 Another sheet from this batch bears an 1828 watermark.
Ibid., p.238.
Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘CCLIX . 201’ at centre of the bottom edge of the sheet.

John Chu
March 2016

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Saumur, Loire Valley c.1828 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-saumur-loire-valley-r1185547, accessed 09 December 2019.