Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of Huy, from the Liège Road; The Meuse near Huy; Distant View of Huy from the Ahin Road

1824

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 × 78 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D19634
Turner Bequest CCXVI 42 a

Catalogue entry

Here Turner records four views of Huy taken from various locations on the outskirts of the city. The uppermost sketch, drawn from the Liège road (see Tate D19633; Turner Bequest CCXVI 42), includes the ancient ‘Convent of St Martin’ at left and a ‘Vineyard’ at right. Below, Turner pictures two prospects of the Meuse near Huy; his inscription ‘Red Castle’ presumably refers to the Château de Chokier, the towered building overlooking the river in the third sketch (see also Tate D19611–D19618, D19635–D19636, D20085; Turner Bequest CCXVI 30a–34, 43–43a, CCXVII 1a). Constructed in vivid red brick, the eighteenth-century castle commands ‘a most perilous looking site’, Bartholomew Stritch writes, ‘perched as it is upon a lofty rock’.1 The lowermost sketch shows Huy, its bridge, citadel and collegiate church, from the Ahin road in a similar view to Tate D19632; Turner Bequest CCXVI 41a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2014

1
Bartholomew Stritch, The Meuse, the Moselle, and the Rhine; or, A six weeks' tour through the finest river scenery in Europe, by B.S., London 1845, p.23.

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