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This study of Loire barges, known locally as chalands or gabares, caught in strong winds with Nantes in the distance is one of several depictions of the city and its environs in gouache and watercolour on blue paper which Turner worked up after his 1826 tour of Northern France. It is based on numerous pencil drawings in the Nantes, Angers and Saumur sketchbook; see entry for Tate D23158, D23166, D23181, D23182, D23183, D23184, D23187, D23192, D23193, D23194 (Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 4a, 8a, 16–17a,19a, 22–23).1 It is one of three stylistically comparable works derived from the tour; see also D24726 and D24750 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 161, 185).2
There is a pencil note ‘CCLIX. 79’ in the centre of the sheet and, stamped in black, the Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCLIX 79’.