AFTER JOSEPH MALLORD WILLIAM TURNER
1775 - 1851
Champtoceaux from the East, River Loire, France
watercolour and bodycolour, heightened with red ink on blue paper
22 by 30.5cm., 8¾ by 12in.
framed: 32.5 by 14cm., 12¾ by 14in.
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The blue paper has lightened a little where the work has been exposed to light. There is a brown line around the aperture of the current mount. Hidden by this mount are areas where glue and old mount have stuck to the surface. This can only be seen when the work is unframed. The sheet is laid down to a thin sheet of paper.
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Annetta Milling (1931-2014); thence by descent to the present owner
This work is a fine copy after Turner's watercolour of the same time, which is now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. That work dates to circa 1826-30 and was engraved in 1832, alongside twenty-one other views of the River Loire, for Charles Heath’s publication: Turner’s Annual Tour: ‘Wanderings by the Loire.’1
Although it is not possible to be certain who painted the present work, the artist may well have been a pupil of John Ruskin. Ruskin owned Turner’s watercolour between 1858 and 1861, before he presented it to the Ashmolean. Artist’s working in under Ruskin’s influence included, amongst others: Isabella Jay, Dawtrey Drewitt May Alcott, Kathleen Olander and William Ward. For information on Annetta Milling, please see lot 38.
1. See: Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, London 1997, p. 227, no. 113
We are grateful to Ian Warrell for his help when cataloguing this work