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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Loire Boats, near Nantes c.1826-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Loire Boats, near Nantes c.1826–8
Turner Bequest CCLIX 235
Watercolour, gouache and ink on faded blue paper, 128 x 184 mm
Blind stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLIX 235’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view along the River Loire towards Nantes in gouache and watercolour on blue paper is one of several depictions of the city which Turner worked up after his 1826 visit to Northern France, apparently in a single painting session.1 It is based on a pencil sketch in the Nantes, Angers and Saumur sketchbook; see entry for Tate D23163, D23165 (Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 7, 8).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.238.
Ibid. p.220 no. 63.
Technical Notes:
The sheet belongs to a batch of heavy blue paper used by Turner made by George Steart of Bally, Ellen and Steart at De Montault Mill, Coombe Down, Bath. 1
Ibid. p.238.
See entry for Tate D40134.

John Chu
March 2016

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Loire Boats, near 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-loire-boats-near-nantes-r1185553, accessed 06 December 2021.