Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of Huy from the South-East; The Roche à Bayard, South of Dinant, Looking Southwards up the Meuse; Notre-Dame, Huy from the East

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: 154 x 94 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28147
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 56 a

Catalogue entry

The rough sketch on the upper register depicts Huy from a south-easterly axis, the profile of the citadel visible atop the cliff and the tower of Notre-Dame Collegiate Church at the foot of the precipice. Below is a very basic rendering of Dinant and its celebrated monolith, the Roche à Bayard.
The remaining sketch of Notre-Dame is inverted in relation to the other drawings; it is thought to have formed the basis of a gouache, pen and ink and watercolour drawing of the church on blue paper (Tate D20268; Turner Bequest CCXXII I). Depicting the apse and towers of Notre-Dame, the pencil sketch was ‘drawn from the Place St-Denis, on the way up to La Sarte, a high viewpoint to the south-east of Huy’, according to Turner scholar Cecilia Powell.1

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

1
Powell 1991, p.153 no.86.

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