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This view along the banks of the River Erdre as it flows through Nantes to join the Loire is one of several depictions of the city in gouache and watercolour on blue paper which Turner worked up after his 1826 tour. The arches on the right-hand side of the scene belong to the Pont Sauvetot, also known as the Pont de l’Arche-Sèche.1 See the Introduction to this section for a list of comparable studies of the city.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.53.
Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘CCLIX . 93’ in the centre of the sheet. Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and with ‘CCLIX – 93’ in the centre of the sheet.
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