Joseph Mallord William Turner

Théâtre Graslin, Nantes

1826

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 110 × 170 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23154
Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 2 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner lightly worked studies of the architecture of Nantes onto this page. The structure on the right-hand side of the page has been identified as the neo-classical Théâtre Graslin located on the Place Graslin, north of the River Loire.1 There is a slightly later colour study of this subject on blue paper in the Turner Bequest; see D24579 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 14).
The theatre recurs on several pages in this volume. For a list of these, see the entry on folio 1 recto (D23151; Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 1).

John Chu
April 2015

1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p. 233.

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