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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Shipyards, Nantes c.1826-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Shipyards, Nantes c.1826–8
Turner Bequest CCLIX 193
Watercolour, gouache, pencil and ink on faded blue paper, 132 x 184 mm
Blind stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLIX 193’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view of shipyards is one of several depictions of Nantes in gouache and watercolour on blue paper which Turner worked up after his 1826 visit to the city, apparently in a single painting session. The pencil sketch over which this colour study is built up may have been taken on the spot. 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.219 no.58.
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.
The sheet is attached to its mount on the verso.

John Chu
March 2016

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Shipyards, 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-shipyards-nantes-r1185542, accessed 25 November 2020.