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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Tour de Guillou, Angers 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 38 Verso:
Tour de Guillou, Angers 1826
Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 38a
Pencil on white laid paper, 110 x 170 mm
Partial unidentified watermark
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘R[...] ¦ B[...]¦’StMar[...]’ towards bottom left, descending vertically, ‘Bl[...]s’, ‘M[...]s’, ‘Hay’ bottom centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘10’ top left, ascending vertically, ‘355’ top right, ascending
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a view of the medieval city of Angers, located on the River Maine close to its confluence with the Loire. The fortified structure at the centre of the scene has been identified as the Tour de Guillou and the structures rising behind as the city’s walled castle.1 Turner made extensive study of Angers in this volume. A list of his drawings of the city is provided in the sketchbook introduction.

John Chu
April 2015

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p. 235.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Tour de Guillou, Angers 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-tour-de-guillou-angers-r1185057, accessed 04 August 2021.