Joseph Mallord William Turner

Near Nantes: Loire Barges in a Gust of Wind

c.1826–8

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Watercolour, gouache and pen and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 140 x 192 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24644
Turner Bequest CCLIX 79

Display caption

From the second half of the 1820s, Turner began to use small pieces of blue paper as a support, both for his finished designs intended for engraving, and for the purpose of making informal sketches. The strong colour of the blue paper proved especially suitable for sky studies, such as those Turner made while exploring the rivers of Europe, and in the park at Petworth in West Sussex.

Gallery label, September 2004