Joseph Mallord William Turner

Three Meuse Views from Mid-Stream

1824

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 78 x 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D19609
Turner Bequest CCXVI 29 a

Catalogue entry

These three views of the Meuse were taken by Turner as his boat navigated the river from mid-stream. The artist has made note of the crop of ‘corn’ growing up the slopes of the valley and, in the central sketch, he depicts boatmen sailing vessels which appear to be fitted with the same equipment as shown in Tate D19608; Turner Bequest CCXVI 29. Turner also records that the horses towing his boat were obliged to swim across the river, as they had been forced to do earlier on in his journey (see Tate D19607; Turner Bequest CCXVI 28a).1

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2014

1
See Powell 1991, p.40.

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