Joseph Mallord William Turner

Six Sketches of the Meuse Valley above Charleville

1824

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 78 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D19685
Turner Bequest CCXVI 68

Catalogue entry

Cecilia Powell has identified these slight sketches as showing the Meuse Valley, taken from a vantage point above Charleville in the French Ardennes (see also Tate D19684; Turner Bequest CCXVI 67a). With the sketchbook orientated in accordance with the foliation, a view of Charleville is seen at top left, annotated with rather illegible inscriptions relating to the roads. Below this sketch is a view of a ‘wood[ed]’ valley and a diligence coach at right. The remaining views are profiles of Charleville and the surrounding landscape; these have all been drawn with the sketchbook turned upside down.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2014

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