Joseph Mallord William Turner

Île Feydeau, Nantes

c.1826–8

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite, pen and ink, watercolour and gouache on paper
Dimensions
Support: 127 x 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24768
Turner Bequest CCLIX 203

Catalogue entry

This depiction the River Loire with the Île Feydeau on the right-hand side of the scene is one of several colour studies of Nantes which Turner worked up from his 1826 tour of Northern France. The pencil sketch over which this work is built up may have been taken on the spot.1 It was used as the basis for an illustration published in the popular Keepsake annual of 1831; see Tate impression T04620.2 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.218 no.52.
2
Ibid. p.184.
Technical Notes:
The sheet belongs to a batch of dense blue paper with dark fibres used by Turner made by George Steart of Bally, Ellen and Steart at De Montault Mill, Coombe Down, Bath. 1
1
Ibid. p.238.
Verso:
See D40133.

John Chu
March 2016

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