Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of Spa

1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 94 x 154 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28086
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 23

Catalogue entry

This panoramic sketch of Spa taken from the surrounding Ardennes hillside is similar in composition to a drawing of the town on a previous folio (Tate D28082; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 21). A road winding down towards the town centre is seen in the foreground lined with trees and shrubbery. Turner has annotated the path and part of the distant topography with the word ‘wood’: a textual reminder of lay of land. The civic architecture is roughly suggested with the spire of the church visible to the right.
For other views of Spa in this sketchbook see Tate D28078, D28082–D28083; D28087–D28092, D28107–D28116; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 19, 21–21a, 23a–6, 34a–39a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2013

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