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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Nantes, Loire Valley 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 7 Verso:
Nantes, Loire Valley 1826
Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 7a
Pencil on white laid paper, 110 x 170 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘10’ bottom right, inverted, ‘red Hs’ bottom centre, inverted
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘41’ bottom right, descending vertically and ‘355’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with distant views of Nantes. The gothic cathedral, the Pont de la Madeleine, the Pont Pirmil, and the Hôpital St-Jacques have been identified amongst the structures featured.1 A small sail boat in the bottom left-hand corner of the page suggests the city’s location on the banks of the River Loire.

John Chu
April 2015

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p. 233.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Nantes, Loire Valley 1826 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 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-loire-valley-r1184996, accessed 26 September 2021.