Joseph Mallord William Turner

Architectural Details; Huy and its Citadel from the Hillside to the West, Looking Downstream; Huy from the East


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 94 × 154 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 52 a

Catalogue entry

The largest of these sketches is compositionally similar to representations of Huy in two drawings: Tate D20222, D28139; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 51a, CCXX O. It forms the basis of a gouache, pen and ink, and watercolour drawing on blue paper entitled Huy from the West: Bird’s-eye View, c.1839 (Tate D20288; Turner Bequest CCXXIII C).
Above and below this principal sketch is a line of architectural features: rooftops, a spire, and what appears to be a crumbling piece of masonry. Parallel to the gutter of the sketchbook and drawn inversely to the principal sketch is a rough outline of the profile of Huy from the East with the citadel prominent at the right.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

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