Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of the Castle of Chokier on the Meuse, Looking Upstream; View near Chokier


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 78 × 118 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVI 30 a

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This sketchbook provides an enormous amount of valuable evidence relating to Turner's 1824 tour: his timetable and itinerary, an unbelievable number of tiny drawings and the preparatory sketches for his 1825 oil painting of Dieppe which prove that his first Meuse-Mosel tour took place in 1824 and not, as previously supposed, in 1826. The sketches on ff.30v and 31r show the Meuse at and near Chokier on the north bank between Liège and Huy, an imposing eighteenth-century castle with one remaining medieval tower and massive walls, which still stands on one of the precipitous rocks for which the Meuse is famous.

Gallery label, August 2004

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