Joseph Mallord William Turner

Namur from Saint-Servais, with the Cathedral Seen above the Town Walls

1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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
D28069
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 14 a

Catalogue entry

This rough drawing of the city of Namur from the old commune of Saint-Servais is likely related to a sketch on folio12 recto (D28065; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 12 a). With swift jagged line Turner renders the basic impression of the topography of the river valley, incorporating the baroque dome of Namur’s Saint-Aubin Cathedral at centre. The artist has inscribed the name of the Meuse tributary, the ‘Sambre’ river, at the bottom.
For other views of Namur from Saint-Servais in this sketchbook see Tate D28151–D28152; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 58a–59.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2013

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