Joseph Mallord William Turner

List of Places on the Meuse between Bazeilles and Dinant


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 118 x 78 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVI 4

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has compiled a list of places between Bazeilles in north-eastern France and Dinant in Belgium. The list is continued from the folio opposite (Tate D19557; Turner Bequest CCXVI 3a). The list is transcribed below, with this cataloguer’s approximation of the real place names noted in brackets to the right of the transcription where necessary or possible.
‘Barille L[...]’(Bazeilles)                      ‘?G[...] God [...]’
‘La Reigne Bo’
Sedan        P of Cham    F of Lux   K of F City’
Donchery    City | Dukedom Rhiteloise | P of Champaign’
‘Fligneux’ (Fleignux)
‘Vrigne’ (Vrigne-Meuse)
‘Newvion’ (Nouvion-sur-Meuse)
‘Lume’ (Lumes)
‘Meziers’ (now Charleville-Mézières) ‘Palais Royal at | City of Champaign’
‘Genelle’ (Gernelle)
Nou[...]nville Bo’ (Nouzonville)
‘Joigny’ (Joigny-sur-Meuse)
‘Chateaux Regnault Bouillion Bo | and Palace’ (Château Regnault, near Bogny-sur-Meuse)
‘Thitay Bo’ (Thilay)
‘Val Dieux Val Dieu’
‘Anchamp [...]land Village’ (Anchamps)
‘Revin’    ‘City l’[...]m’
‘?Mamise’ (Possibly referring to Ruisseau des Manises, a stream of the Meuse, or Forêt de la Manise)
‘Hargnee’ (Hargnies)
‘Hebbi’ (Haybes)
‘Ladrichamps’ (Landrichamps)
‘Ransenne’ (Rancennes)
With the sketchbook orientated to landscape format, the list continues:
‘Vereu’ (Vireux-Wallerand or Vireux Molhain)
‘Beauring’ (Beauraing)
Givet City’
‘Givet Notre Dame’ (presumably referring to the Eglise Notre Dame in Givet)
‘Fromelles’ (Fromelennes)
‘Her’ (Heer)
‘Her [...]ro’
Dinant        Principality of Liege | [...] Bishops of Liege all [?above] to [?France]’
As with Tate D19556–D19557; Turner Bequest CCXVI 3–3a, Turner has made note of duchies and counties next to place names, including: Sedan, in the ‘P[rovince]’ of ‘Cham[pagne]’, under the control of the Dukes of Luxembourg, within the ‘K’ of ‘F’ (possibly the Kingdom of France); Donchery, a city within the duchy of Rethel (a Rethelois territory); ‘Château Regnault’, the thirteenth-century stronghold of the House of La Marck whose later line became the Dukes of ‘Bouillon’ and Rethel; and finally, Dinant, part of the Prince Bishopric of Liège.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2014

‘Histoire de la Ville’, Ville de Charleville-Mézières, accessed 6 February 2014,

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