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 50 Recto:
Nantes, Brittany 1826
Turner Bequest CCXLVII 50
Pencil on white laid paper, 105 x 167 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Green | Ground with | B[...]’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in illegible red ink, bottom left
Stamped in black ‘CCXLVII – 50’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with a northerly view along Pont du Pirmil at Nantes. Tate curator Ian Warrell has pointed out that this drawing is related to a colour study; see Tate D20224 (Turner Bequest CCXX Q).1 The pages of this volume feature many depictions of this Brittany city, a list of which is included in the sketchbook introduction.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.232.

John Chu
September 2015

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-r1184920, accessed 27 October 2021.