Joseph Mallord William Turner

Three Distant Views of Louvain

1839

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 94 x 154 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28049
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 4 a

Catalogue entry

In this rough and loosely rendered sketch Turner has depicted three distant profiles of Louvain ‘looking downstream from the hillside to the west at Ahin’ according to Cecilia Powell.1 At the left is an abbreviated rendering of trees and at the top right a separate diminutive sketch of a tree and church spire.
For other views of Louvain in this sketchbook see Tate D28044–D28047, D28050, D28054, D28059–D28064; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 2a–3a, 5, 7, 9a–12.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2013

1
Powell 1991, Appendix, p.213.

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