Joseph Mallord William Turner

Nantes, Loire Valley

1826

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 110 × 170 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23164
Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 7 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with distant views of Nantes. The gothic cathedral, the Pont de la Madeleine, the Pont Pirmil, and the Hôpital St-Jacques have been identified amongst the structures featured.1 A small sail boat in the bottom left-hand corner of the page suggests the city’s location on the banks of the River Loire.

John Chu
April 2015

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p. 233.

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