Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of Fortifications; List of Places on the Upper Meuse


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Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 118 x 78 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVI 2 a

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has written a list of places on the Upper Meuse. The list is transcribed below, with this cataloguer’s approximation of the real place names noted in brackets to the right of the transcription. The list is continued on the folio opposite (Tate D19556; Turner Bequest CCXVI 3).
‘?Thirriley’ (?Thierville-sur-Meuse)
‘Charny’ (Charny-sur-Meuse)
‘Montfaucon’ (Montfaucon d’Argonne)           ‘Boro’
‘Commeries’ (?Cumières-le-Mort-Homme)
‘Belincourt’ (?Béthincourt)
‘Forges’ (Forges-sur-Meuse)
‘Drelincourt’ (Gercourt-et-Drillancourt)
‘Da[...]oux’ (Dannevoux)
‘Ain[...]wille’ (Aincreville)
‘Doulan’ (Doulcon)
Ville Franche [...] Pro of Champaign’ (Villefranche) (Province of Champagne)
Villippe – B’ (Wiseppe)
‘La Newville’ (Laneuville-sur-Meuse)
Beaumont City Ct of Argonne Cham’ (Beaumont-en-Argonne)
‘?Armoze’ (?Les-Petites-Armoises)
‘?Vilars’ (Maisoncelle-et-Villers)
‘Raucourt B’ (Raucourt-et-Flaba)
‘Remilly’ (Remilly-Allicourt)
At the lower register, Turner has drawn a cursory sketch of a fortification with two towers in the distance. With the sketchbook orientated horizontally, there are also two swiftly rendered profiles of towers and cupolas.

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2014

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