Joseph Mallord William Turner

Shipyards, Nantes

c.1826–8

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour, gouache and pen and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 132 x 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24758
Turner Bequest CCLIX 193

Catalogue entry

This view of shipyards is one of several depictions of Nantes in gouache and watercolour on blue paper which Turner worked up after his 1826 visit to the city, apparently in a single painting session. The pencil sketch over which this colour study is built up may have been taken on the spot. 1 See the Introduction to this section for a list of comparable studies of the city.
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.219 no.58.
Technical Notes:
The sheet belongs to a batch of heavy blue paper used by Turner made by George Steart of Bally, Ellen and Steart at De Montault Mill, Coombe Down, Bath. 1
1
Ibid. p.238.
Verso:
The sheet is attached to its mount on the verso.

John Chu
March 2016

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