Joseph Mallord William Turner

Notre-Dame, Huy

c.1839

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Gouache, pen and ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 188 x 139 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20268
Turner Bequest CCXXII I

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Turner's views of Huy are notable for including the only known vertical composition in the Meuse series, showing its collegiate church (no.86). Together with Huy's fortress and bridge this reappears in all his other scenes. These are executed in very different styles, some being characterised by an extensive reliance on pen and different coloured inks, others by their generous use of gouache rather than watercolour washes. In two scenes (nos.88, 90) Turner's viewpoint is exceptionally high so that the gigantic fort is reduced to a comparatively minor feature in the landscape.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry