On the twenty-mile stretch between Namur and Dinant the Meuse becomes increasingly like the Middle Rhine, with rocky cliffs, steep wooded hills, picturesque towns and the remains of several medieval castles including Poilvache just north of Dinant. The contrast between the two banks of the river here is especially striking. One of Turner's contemporaries noted that a wall of naked rock on the left bank of the Meuse faced cultivated land as far as the eye could reach - exactly the contrast glimpsed in no.95.
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