Joseph Mallord William Turner

Huy from the West: Bird’s-Eye View

c.1839

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache, pen and ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 140 x 195 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20288
Turner Bequest CCXXIII C

Catalogue entry

Here Turner pictures the Belgian city of Huy with agile penmanship. The viewpoint is from high in the surrounding hillside to the west of the city and incorporates Huy’s three celebrated landmarks: the arched bridge over the Meuse, the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame and the citadel.
Turner’s use of gouache and watercolour is sparing here. White, translucent yellow, blue and a little pink are applied roughly to mark out buildings, sections of hillside, and the river.
The gouache is based on a rough pencil sketch in the Spa, Dinant, and Namur sketchbook of c.1839 (Tate D28141; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 52 a). For other gouache drawings of Huy see Tate D20221–D20222, D20226, D20268; Turner Bequest CCXX N–O, S, CCXXII I.
Verso:
Inscribed in red ink (possibly by Ruskin) ‘124?2’ at bottom left; stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCXXIII–C’ at bottom left; inscribed in pencil ‘31a’ at centre towards right.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2013

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