Joseph Mallord William Turner

Château and Cathedral, Nantes

c.1828

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour, gouache and pen and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 127 x 188 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24657
Turner Bequest CCLIX 92

Catalogue entry

This view of the Château and Cathedral seen from the River Loireis one of several depictions of Nantes in gouache and watercolour on blue paper which Turner worked up after his 1826 visit to the city. The work is related to, but not solely derived from, a pencil study in the Morlaise to Nantes sketchbook; see entry for Tate D23111 (Turner Bequest CCXLVII 61a).1 See the Introduction to this section for a list of comparable studies of the city.
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.217 no.46.
Technical Notes:
The sheet belongs to a batch of blue paper with red fibres used by Turner made by George Steart of Bally, Ellen and Steart at De Montault Mill, Coombe Down, Bath. Another sheet from the batch bears a watermark dated 1828.1
1
Ibid. p.238.
Verso:
Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘CCLIX . 92’ in the centre of the sheet. Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and with ‘CCLIX – 92’ in the centre of the sheet.

John Chu
March 2016

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