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.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.44, 49, 50.
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.
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