Joseph Mallord William Turner

Quai de la Fosse, 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: 127 × 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24575
Turner Bequest CCLIX 10

Catalogue entry

This view of the Quai de La Fosse with the Bourse in the distance 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, apparently in a single painting session.1 The work is based on a pencil sketch in the Morlaise to Nantes sketchbook; see entry for Tate D23090 (Turner Bequest CCXLVII 48a).2 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.238.
2
Ibid. p.219.
Technical Notes:
The sheet belongs to a batch of heavy blue paper 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:
Inscribed in pencil with the notes ‘1a’ in the centre of the sheet and ‘108’ bottom centre. Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and with ‘CCLIX – 10’ in the centre of the sheet.

John Chu
March 2016

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