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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Tower of Oudon; Champtoceaux, Loire Valley 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 14 Verso:
Tower of Oudon; Champtoceaux, Loire Valley 1826
Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 14a
Pencil on white laid paper, 110 x 170 mm
Partial unidentified watermark
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘34’ top left, ascending vertically, ‘355’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled most of this page with sketches of the ruined castle at Champtoceaux located on the banks of the River Loire. At the centre of the bottom edge of the page, the remains of the old toll station are seen perched on their stone arches. In subsequent years the artist returned to his sketches of Champtoceaux with a view to finding material for engraved reproduction. This resulted in a print in Turner’s Annual Tour: Wanderings by the Loire and Seine (1833–5; later reissued as Rivers of France) mistitled Château Hamelin;1 see Tate impression T04693. The tower on the right-hand edge of the page is a fourteenth-century fortress located in the nearby settlement of Oudon. There are several pages of studies of these sites in this volume. A list of these is provided in the sketchbook introduction.

John Chu
April 2015

Luke Herrmann, Turner Prints: The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 1990, pp.171–83.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Tower of Oudon; Champtoceaux, 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-tower-of-oudon-champtoceaux-loire-valley-r1185010, accessed 18 October 2021.