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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Château, Nantes c.1826-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
The Château, Nantes c.1826–8
Turner Bequest CCLIX 236
Watercolour, gouache and ink on blue paper, 129 x 183 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCLIX 236’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This colour study on blue paper of the castle at Nantes, as seen from the east, is one of several depictions of the city which Turner worked up after his 1826 visit to Northern France, apparently in a single painting session.1 The pencil sketch over which this watercolour and gouache study is built up may have been taken on the spot. 2 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.
Ibid. p.218 no.47.
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, ‘The Château, 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-the-chateau-nantes-r1185555, accessed 05 December 2021.