This view of shipyards 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. The pencil sketch over which this colour 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.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.219 no.58.
The sheet is attached to its mount on the verso.
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