Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of Namur from the Heights of St-Servais; The Meuse from the Hillside


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 154 × 94 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 59

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook orientated horizontally, here Turner produces two landscape sketches which run parallel to each other. The first, inscribed at bottom right with ‘Sam’ (a shortening of Sambre), depicts the city of Namur from Saint-Servais. Namur, which stands at the confluence of the Sambre and the Meuse, is suggested in the distance with the dome of Saint-Aubin Cathedral visible at centre. For other views of Namur from Saint-Servais in this sketchbook see Tate D28069, D28151–D28152; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 14 a, 58a–59.The sketch closest to the gutter of the book is a view of the Meuse valley taken from a high viewpoint.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

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