Joseph Mallord William Turner

Loire Barges, near 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: 140 x 192 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24644
Turner Bequest CCLIX 79

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From the second half of the 1820s, Turner began to use small pieces of blue paper as a support, both for his finished designs intended for engraving, and for the purpose of making informal sketches. The strong colour of the blue paper proved especially suitable for sky studies, such as those Turner made while exploring the rivers of Europe, and in the park at Petworth in West Sussex.

Gallery label, September 2004

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