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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Tour de Haute Chaine, Angers 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Tour de Haute Chaine, Angers 1826
Turner Bequest CCLX 17
Pencil on blue paper, 131 x 187 mm
Blind stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLX – 17’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch depicts the Tour de Haute Chaine, part of the medieval defences of Angers, as seen from the right bank of the River Maine. It is one of several pencil sketches on blue paper which Turner made of this city on the 1826 tour of Northern France.1 See the Introduction to this section for a list of these works.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.100.
Technical Notes:
The sheet was formerly attached along one edge to Tate D24920 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 84).1 It belongs to a batch of blue paper fibres used by Turner made by George Steart of Bally, Ellen and Steart at De Montault Mill, Coombe Down, Bath. 2
Ibid. p.216.
Ibid. p.238.
Inscribed in red ink with the note ‘450.’ in the bottom left-hand corner of the sheet. Inscribed in pencil with the notes ‘D.24853’ in the bottom left-hand corner and ‘CCLX 17’ in the bottom right-hand corner.

John Chu
March 2016

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Tour de Haute Chaine, Angers 1826 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-tour-de-haute-chaine-angers-r1185560, accessed 25 September 2021.