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 D24756 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 191).1 The unfinished cathedral looms in the distance. 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, pp.44, 49, 50.
Inscribed in red ink with the inverted note ‘581’ in the bottom left hand corner of the sheet. Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘30 b’ in the centre of the sheet. Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and with ‘CCLIX – 200’ in the bottom right-hand corner of the sheet.