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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Tours Cathedral, Loire Valley 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Tours Cathedral, Loire Valley 1826
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV d 242
Pencil on white wove paper, 122 x 172 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘M[...] Charpentier’ bottom left
Blind stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCXLIV – 242’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This pencil study of Tours cathedral is worked onto a sheet of folded Whatman paper which Turner took on his 1826 tour of Northern France.1 For a list of the sketches of Tours he made on that journey on loose sheets of paper, see the Introduction to this section.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.23–4.
Technical Notes:
The sheet is attached to D34678 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV d 243) along the top edge.

John Chu
March 2016

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Tours Cathedral, Loire Valley 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-tours-cathedral-loire-valley-r1185613, accessed 16 January 2022.