Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dinant, Looking Downstream from the River Bank opposite the Town Hall, plus a Larger Detail of the Spire of the Church; The Church, Citadel, Town Hall and Eastern Edge of the Bridge at Dinant, Looking Downstream

1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 94 x 154 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28164
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 65 a

Catalogue entry

The small sketch at the upper register depicts part of the quayside at Dinant where the Porte Saint-Martin stands before the bridge and church. The façade of Notre-Dame can be made out behind the parade of small houses and buildings which line the bank. Its spire is continued on the opposite folio (Tate D28165; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 66). The Porte Saint-Martin shares some of the bulbous, onion-shaped style of the church’s spire, but on a much-reduced scale.
Just below and to the right of the small sketch is a detail of the spire Notre-Dame and its multi-faceted lantern. The principal drawing at centre shows all three of Dinant’s sights taken from the riverbank before boatmen loading and unloading cargo from their vessels.
For earlier views of Dinant taken in 1824, see Tate D19556–D19663, D20109–D20113; Turner Bequest CCXVI 53a–57, CCXVII 16–19.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

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