Joseph Mallord William Turner

Pont d’Aiguillon, Nantes

c.1826

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite, pen and ink and gouache on paper
Dimensions
Support: 130 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24769
Turner Bequest CCLIX 204

Catalogue entry

This across the Pont d'Aiguillonwith the Quai Flesselles and the Tour du Bouffay beyond is one of several depictions of Nantes on blue paper which Turner worked up from his 1826 visit to the city. The pencil sketch over which this ink and gouache study is built up may have been taken on the spot. 1 See the Introduction to this section for a list of comparable studies of the city.
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.218 no.51.
Technical Notes:
The sheet belongs to a batch of dense blue paper with dark fibres used by Turner made by George Steart of Bally, Ellen and Steart at De Montault Mill, Coombe Down, Bath. 1
1
Ibid. p.238.
Verso:
Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and with ‘CCLIX – 204’ in the centre of the sheet. Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘D24769’ towards the bottom left-hand corner of the sheet.

John Chu
March 2016

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