Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Liège; Landscape overlooked by Fortification

1824

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 78 x 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D19596
Turner Bequest CCXVI 23

Catalogue entry

Here Turner depicts two views: one is drawn parallel to the gutter of the sketchbook and shows a fortification atop a plateau overlooking a tree-filled landscape; the second shows a river with churches and other buildings beyond. The church with the narrow tapering spire resembles that of the Cathedral of Saint-Paul at Liège, and, given that building’s proximity to the Meuse, it may be that this unidentified view is indeed of the Belgian city. Liège is depicted on folios 21 recto and 23 verso (Tate D19592, D19597; Turner Bequest CCXVI 21, 23a).

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2014

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