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This drawing is based on a rough pencil sketch of Franchimont taken in the Spa, Dinant and Namur sketchbook of 1839 (Tate D28103; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 32a). It is rendered in muted grey-blue, warm ochre and translucent burgundy. Turner employs rust-toned sepia ink and pen to describe the lower reaches of the hillside and a road leading away from the viewer. The artist’s handling is nimble and summary. A few figures people the foreground and a carriage can be seen speeding down the road: perhaps some foreground incident to enrich the preliminary pencil sketch.
There is some foxing present where the paper has discoloured after having been framed and displayed.
Stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCXXII G’ at bottom left; inscribed in pencil ‘CCXXII G’ at bottom right.