Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Château, 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: 129 x 183 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24801
Turner Bequest CCLIX 236

Catalogue entry

This colour study on blue paper of the castle at Nantes, as seen from the east, is one of several depictions of the city which Turner worked up after his 1826 visit to Northern France, apparently in a single painting session.1 The pencil sketch over which this watercolour and gouache study is built up may have been taken on the spot. 2 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.238.
2
Ibid. p.218 no.47.
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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