Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cours Saint-Pierre, Nantes

c.1826–8

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour, gouache and pen and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 126 x 183 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24756
Turner Bequest CCLIX 191

Catalogue entry

This one of several colour studies on blue paper of fashionable figures and soldiers promenading on the Cours Saint-Pierre at Nantes which Turner worked up from his tour of Northern France in 1821; see also D24765 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 200).1 Part of the unfinished cathedral is included in the right-hand side of the scene.
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.44, 49, 50.
Technical Notes:
The sheet belongs to a batch of dense blue paper with dark fibres 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:
Inscribed in pencil with the notes ’30 a’ in the centre of the sheet and ‘CCLIX . 191’ bottom centre. Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and with ‘CCLIX – 191’ in the centre of the sheet.

John Chu
March 2016

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