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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Steamboat, River Loire 1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Verso:
Steamboat, River Loire 1826
Turner Bequest CCXLVIII 5a
Pencil on white laid paper, 110 x 170 mm
Inscribed ‘Louis Guibe’, [...], ‘Gui’ towards top left
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘42’ top left, ascending vertically, ‘355’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner worked a study of a steamboat onto this page. This vessel has been identified as the recently-built Louis Guibert which ran a service down the estuary of the Loire River from Nantes.1

John Chu
April 2015

Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p. 65.

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Steamboat, River Loire 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-steamboat-river-loire-r1184992, accessed 18 October 2021.