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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Tours, Loire Valley c.1829

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Tours, Loire Valley c.1829
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 26
Watercolour on white wove paper, 399 x 460 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘26’ bottom right
Stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram, centre
Stamped in black ‘CCLXIII – 26’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner may have worked up this colour study of Tours as seen along the Loire River from the west as an idea for an illustration of the popular Keepsake annual publication.1 In the event he settled on a composition more tightly focused on the bridge and the city; see Tate impression T04686.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p. 185.
Technical Notes:
The left-hand edge of the sheet has been shorn off in an irregular fashion.

John Chu
March 2016

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Tours, Loire Valley c.1829 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-loire-valley-r1185588, accessed 03 December 2021.