Joseph Mallord William Turner
Near Nantes: Loire Barges in a Gust of Wind c.1826–8

Artwork details

Near Nantes: Loire Barges in a Gust of Wind
Date c.1826–8
Medium Watercolour, gouache and pen and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 140 x 192 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIX 79
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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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.

September 2004