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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Nantes, Brittany 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 48 Verso:
Nantes, Brittany 1826
Turner Bequest CCXLVII 48a
Pencil on white laid paper, 105 x 167 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘B[...]d’, ‘G[...]d[...] d[...]l[...]’ bottom left, ‘red’ centre, ‘swan’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with an easterly view along Quai de la Fosse towards the Île Feydeau at Nantes. Tate curator Ian Warrell has pointed out that this drawing is related to a colour study; see Tate D24573 (Turner Bequest CCLIX 8).1 The pages of this volume feature many depictions of this Brittany city, a list of which is included in the sketchbook introduction.

John Chu
September 2015

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.232.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Nantes, Brittany 1826 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2015, 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-nantes-brittany-r1184918, accessed 06 June 2020.