Joseph Mallord William Turner

Views of a Town, ?Ghent

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
D19856
Turner Bequest CCXVI 151

Catalogue entry

These rough sketches, dashed off by Turner in moments, show two views of a town: one large prospect and one smaller, squared-off scene. Despite the artist’s summary handling, it may be that Turner is sketching Ghent from a distance here: a city with a panoply of medieval churches and buildings and whose profile, as a result, is richly embellished with a variety of towers, spires, steeples, crow-stepped gables, and roofs. See also Tate D19854–D19855; Turner Bequest CCXVI 150 b–c.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

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