J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Cours Saint-Pierre, Nantes c.1826-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Cours Saint-Pierre, Nantes c.1826–8
Turner Bequest CCLIX 200
Watercolour, gouache and ink on faded blue paper, 131 x 182 mm
Blind stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram bottom left
Stamped in black ‘CCLIX – 200’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This one of several colour studies on blue paper of fashionable figures and soldiers promenading on the Cours Saint-Pierre at Nantes which Turner worked up from his tour of Northern France in 1821; see also D24756 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 191).1 The unfinished cathedral looms in the distance. 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, pp.44, 49, 50.
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
Ibid., p.238.
Inscribed in red ink with the inverted note ‘581’ in the bottom left hand corner of the sheet. Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘30 b’ in the centre of the sheet. Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and with ‘CCLIX – 200’ in the bottom right-hand corner of the sheet.

John Chu
March 2016

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Cours Saint-Pierre, Nantes c.1826–8 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2016, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2017, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-cours-saint-pierre-nantes-r1185546, accessed 05 December 2021.