Joseph Mallord William Turner

Buildings at Louvain, Including St Peter’s Church

1839

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 154 × 94 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28061
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 10 a

Catalogue entry

With fluid and gestural handling Turner has made a rough sketch of two of the buildings at Louvain, rendering the forms of the cupola on the left and the façade of an adjacent building on the right. The drawing of St Peter’s Church extends onto the opposite folio (Tate D28062; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 11).
For other views of Louvain in this sketchbook see Tate D28044–D28047, D28049, D28054, D28059–D28060, D28062–D28064; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 2a–3a, 4a, 7, 9a–10, 11–12. There are also two drawings in gouache, pen and ink and watercolour on blue paper of Louvain produced in 1839 (Tate D20263, D24590; Turner Bequest CCXXII D, CCLIX 25).

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2013

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