The headdresses of the women in this scene of soldiers drinking in a café locate the scene to Northern France. It is rendered on a heavy blue paper and with a palette of colours identical to a series of depictions of Nantes which Turner worked up in watercolour and gouache after his 1826 visit to the city, apparently in a single painting session.1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.238.
Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘CCLIX – 263(b)’ in bottom centre of the sheet. Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and with ‘CCLIX – 263 b’ in the centre of the sheet.
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