Spa, situated in a dip in the Belgian Ardennes some twenty miles south-east of Liège, is the oldest watering-place in Europe, but it has been popular also for its social attractions and the natural beauty of its situation. No.115 shows the main mineral spring in the town centre (housed in a building commemorating the visit of Peter the Great in 1717). Nos.116 and 117 show springs situated in the surrounding woods. The 'Promenade de Sept-Heures' (nos.118-119) was laid out in the eighteenth century for the diversion of Spa's aristocratic visitors who would relax here after supper. By Turner's day, the elms provided luxuriant shade and a band played nearby.
Gallery label, September 1991