Joseph Mallord William Turner

Loire Boats, near Nantes

c.1826–8

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour, gouache and pen and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 128 x 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24800
Turner Bequest CCLIX 235

Catalogue entry

This view along the River Loire towards Nantes in gouache and watercolour on blue paper is one of several depictions of the city which Turner worked up after his 1826 visit to Northern France, apparently in a single painting session.1 It is based on a pencil sketch in the Nantes, Angers and Saumur sketchbook; see entry for Tate D23163, D23165 (Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 7, 8).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.238.
2
Ibid. p.220 no. 63.
Technical Notes:
The sheet belongs to a batch of heavy blue paper 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 entry for Tate D40134.

John Chu
March 2016

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