Joseph Mallord William Turner

Buildings at Louvain, Including St Peter’s Church


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 154 × 94 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 12

Catalogue entry

This is a further sketch of a part of the façade of St Peter’s Church at Louvain seen from the perspective of a nearby street. Turner’s handling is loose and summary, the artist swiftly capturing the important architectural and decorative features of the building in pictorial note form. Sketches of different aspects of the church in similar handling can be found on the preceding folios (Tate D28062, D28063; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 11, 11a).
For other views of Louvain in this sketchbook see Tate D28044–D28047, D28049, D28054, D28059–D28060; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 2a–3a, 4a, 7, 9a–10. There are also two drawings in gouache, pen and ink and watercolour on blue paper of the city produced in 1839 (Tate D20263, D24590; Turner Bequest CCXXII D, CCLIX 25).

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2013

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