Joseph Mallord William Turner
Nantes from the Ile Feydeau ?1826–8

Artwork details

Nantes from the Ile Feydeau
Date ?1826–8
Medium Graphite, pen and ink, watercolour and gouache on paper
Dimensions Support: 127 x 184 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIX 203
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Exhibition catalogue text

Catalogue entry from Turner on the Loire

52 Nantes, from the Ile Feydeau (the basis for The Keepsake watercolour; see cat.104) ?1826-8 (fig.38)
Pencil, pen and ink, with watercolour and gouache, on faded blue paper (type E) 127 x 184 (5 x 7 1/4)
Verso: Pencil sketch of the view over rooftops, chalk applied on the right, perhaps to suggest the river
Preliminary sketches: This subject seems to have been developed over a sketch made on the spot
Copies: There is one by Alexander Macdonald among the copies in the cabinet given by Ruskin to Whitelands College (frame 50) (see Works, XXX, p.354, no.50, as 'Town on the Loire (I forget which)' and n.1). William Ward made copies for sale of a view of Nantes, but it is not known which subject his versions were based on, although this view is perhaps the most likely (see Works, XIII, p.575, no.27)
EXH: Marlborough House, 1857, frame 137, no.306, as 'Study for a Drawing of (Saumur?), made for the "Keepsake"' (Ruskin, Works, XIII, p.312: 'infinitely beautiful'); Exhibited Drawings, no.619, c (Ruskin, Works, XIII, p.637); displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum 1920-1; Paris 1981-2 (60, p.250, p.246 fig.452 in col., as 'Nantes')
LIT: Finberg, II, p.801, as 'Study for a "Keepsake" drawing'; Hervouet 1989, repr. p.15; L?v?que-Mingam 1996, p.39 fig.20
TB CCLIX 203; D24768

Published in:
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.218 no.52, reproduced p.50

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