Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of Givet and Fort Charlemont from the North (from the Road above the Village of Heer)

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: 101 x 168 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28170
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 2 a

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has produced a distant view of Givet, a French frontier town close to the Belgian border about fourteen miles south of Dinant. The ancient defensive fortress of Charlemont can be seen atop the Ardennes mountain range to the right. Givet is nestled at the foot of the range, marked out by the spire of the Church of Notre-Dame. This drawing and other sketches of Givet in this book (Tate D28171–D28185, D28187; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 3–10, 11) formed the basis of a gouache and watercolour drawing on blue paper (private collection).1 The village of Heer is represented in the foreground.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

1
Reproduced in Powell 1991, p.163 no.102.

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