Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of Louvain

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 × 154 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28059
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 9 a

Catalogue entry

In this undeveloped and summary sketch of the topography around Louvain the lofty spire and transept of the Gothic St Peter’s Church can be seen. The rest of the scene has been left undeveloped, with only a few strokes and dashes of the pencil indicating the rudiments of Turner’s mapping out of the scene. A similar panoramic drawing of Louvain can be found on the following folio (Tate D28060; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 10).
For other views of Louvain in this sketchbook see Tate D28044–D28047, D28049, D28054, D28060–D28064; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 2a–3a, 4a, 7, 10–12.

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2013

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