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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Île Feydeau, Nantes c.1826-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Île Feydeau, Nantes c.1826–8
Turner Bequest CCLIX 203
Pencil, ink, watercolour and gouache on paper, 127 x 184 mm
Blind stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLIX – 203’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This depiction the River Loire with the Île Feydeau on the right-hand side of the scene is one of several colour studies of Nantes which Turner worked up from his 1826 tour of Northern France. The pencil sketch over which this work is built up may have been taken on the spot.1 It was used as the basis for an illustration published in the popular Keepsake annual of 1831; see Tate impression T04620.2 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.218 no.52.
Ibid. p.184.
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.
See D40133.

John Chu
March 2016

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Île Feydeau, 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-le-feydeau-nantes-r1185549, accessed 27 November 2020.