Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Bridge, Church and Citadel at Huy, Looking Downstream


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Graphite on paper
Support: 99 x 162 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVII 6 a

Catalogue entry

This delicately rendered sketch depicts Huy with its stone bridge and the Church of Notre-Dame. The celebrated rose window at the west end of the church is visible, a feature described by the journalist and author Dudley Costello as a vivid and ‘extremely beautiful’ contrast to the other windows with ‘scarcely a fragment of stained glass left’.1 The building to the right of the church is shown in Tate D20088, D20090; Turner Bequest CCXVII 3, 4. It also appears in a later engraving by Thomas Shotter Boys (1803–74), printed for Clarkson Frederick Stanfield’s 1838 publication Sketches on The Moselle, The Rhine & The Meuse.2 Stanfield’s son George (1828–1878) painted a similar view of Huy on the Meuse (Royal Pavilion, Libraries & Museums, Brighton & Hove).3
There is a view very similar to this one in the later Spa, Dinant and Namur sketchbook of 1839 (Tate D28051; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 5a).

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2014

Dudley Costello, A tour through the valley of the Meuse: with the legends of the Walloon country and the Ardennes, London 1846, p.103.
T.S. Boys, ‘Bridge, Cathedral and Citadel’, Dilibri Rhineland-Palatinate, accessed 14 January 2014,; for W. Clarkson Stanfield’s entire publication see
There is a reproduction of this work at the BBC website page, Your Paintings, accessed 14 January 2014,

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