Joseph Mallord William Turner

Place Graslin and Grand Théâtre, Nantes


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Watercolour, gouache and pen and watercolour on paper
Support: 144 × 192 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIX 14

Catalogue entry

This view of the Place Graslin dominated by the columned Grand Théâtre is one of several depictions of Nantes in gouache and watercolour on blue paper which Turner worked up after his 1826 visit to the city.1 The work is related to pencil sketches in the Morlaise to Nantes and Nantes, Angers and Saumur sketchbooks; see entry for Tate D23089, D23121 (Turner Bequest CCXLVII 48, 68a), D23151, D23154 and D23156 (Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 1, 2a, 3a).2 However the pencil sketch over which this colour study is built up may have been taken on the spot. 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, p.238.
Ibid. p.219.
Technical Notes:
The sheet belongs to a batch of lightweight blue paper used by Turner made by George Steart of Bally, Ellen and Steart at De Montault Mill, Coombe Down, Bath.1
Ibid. p.238.
Inscribed in pencil with the notes ‘16’ in the centre of the sheet and ‘clix [sic] . 14’ bottom right. Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and with ‘CCLIX – 14’ in the bottom left of the sheet.

John Chu
March 2016

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