Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sedan from the South-East

c.1839

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 141 x 191 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24578
Turner Bequest CCLIX 13

Display caption

In the middle distance Turner shows the two principal buildings of Sedan, the seventeenth-century church of St Charles with its two black, domed towers and the colossal fortified castle dating from the Renaissance. His viewpoint is to the south-east, just outside the Porte de Bouillon. The military activities of the foreground provide the scene not only with an appropriate human element but also with the requisite sense of scale. This majestic, land-locked scene stands in complete contrast to the brilliantly coloured view at Mézières (no.103); together they form a superb conclusion to Turner's views of the Meuse.

Gallery label, August 2004

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