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Exhibition catalogue text
55 Nantes: the Place Graslin with the Grand Th??tre c.1826-8 (fig.42)
Watercolour and gouache, with pen, on faded blue paper (type B) 144 x 192 (5 5/8 x 7 1/2)
Preliminary sketches: There are various memoranda of the Th??tre Graslin in both of the sketchbooks used at Nantes (TB CCXLVII ff.48, 68 verso; TB CCXLVIII ff.1, ?2 verso, ?3 verso). The closest to this composition is that on TB CCXLVIII f.1, but Turner may also have made a pencil sketch actually on this sheet
EXH: Oxford Loan Collection, 1878-1916, nos.202-129, as 'Place du Carrousel' (Ruskin, Works, XIII, p.566); Tate Gallery 1993d, as 'Place du Carrousel'
LIT: Finberg 1909, II, p.790, as 'Place du Carrousel'
TB CCLIX 14; D24579
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.219 no.55, reproduced in colour p.54