This sketchbook provides an enormous amount of valuable evidence relating to Turner's 1824 tour: his timetable and itinerary, an unbelievable number of tiny and the preparatory sketches for his 1825 oil 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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