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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner St-Géréon; Ancenis, Loire Valley 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 15 Recto:
St-Géréon; Ancenis, Loire Valley 1826
Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 15
Pencil on white laid paper, 170 x 110 mm
Partial unidentified watermark
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘St Gerran [sic]’ centre, ‘Ancenis’ towards bottom left, inverted
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘15’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXLVIII 15’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner filled this page with studies of the riverside terrain of the Loire valley, some twenty miles upstream of Nantes. Notes by the artist indicate that the drawings in the top half of the page were taken around the settlement of St-Géréon and those in the bottom half, inverted in relation to those above, around the neighbouring settlement of Ancenis. There are several pages of studies of Ancenis in this volume. A list of these is provided in the sketchbook introduction.

John Chu
April 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘St-Géréon; Ancenis, 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-st-gereon-ancenis-loire-valley-r1185011, accessed 20 October 2021.