Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketch Map of the Meuse between Mouzon and Sedan; List of Distances between Northern French and Belgian Towns

1824

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 78 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D19552
Turner Bequest CCXVI 1

Catalogue entry

The sketch map of the Meuse between Mouzon and Sedan is continued here from the front flyleaf opposite (Tate D40727). From Mouzon, the towns listed include: ‘Villars’ (Villers-devant-Mouzon); ‘Raucourt’ (?Raucourt-et-Flaba); ‘Amblemont’ (Amblimont); ‘Romilly’ (Remilly-Allicourt); ‘Douzy’; ‘La Zeille’ (Bazeilles).
Turner has also inscribed a list of relative distances between towns on the Meuse which lie close to the border between northern France and Belgium. The list reads:
‘Verdun to Sedan                  75 miles.
Sedan to Mezieres                 26 miles.
Mez. to Charleville                 5
Ch. to Givet                           67
Givet to Dinant                     16
Verdun to M.                       101
V. to Charleville                 106
V. to Givet                           173
V. to Dinant                         189
Sedan to D.                          114
2½ German miles equal to 10 English.’1

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2014

1
A German geographic mile (geographische Meile) is an obsolete unit of measurement in Germany. One German mile is defined as 7,420.54 metres (4.6 miles)

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