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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner River Erdre, Nantes c.1828

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
River Erdre, Nantes c.1828
Turner Bequest CCLIX 16
Ink, watercolour and gouache on blue paper, 130 x 185 mm
Blind stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLIX 16’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view of buildings crowding northward along the banks of the River Erdre as it flows through Nantes is one of several depictions of the city in gouache and watercolour on blue paper which Turner worked up after his 1826 tour, apparently in a single painting session.1 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.
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.
Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘110’ in the centre of the sheet. Stamped in black with the Turner Bequest monogram and with ‘CCLIX – 16’ in the centre of the sheet.

John Chu
March 2016

How to cite

John Chu, ‘River Erdre, Nantes c.1828 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-river-erdre-nantes-r1185510, accessed 07 December 2021.