Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fortifications at Luxembourg and a Plan of its Situation

1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 101 × 168 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28284
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 65 a

Catalogue entry

At the upper register Turner has produced a cursory jotting of fortifications at Luxembourg, followed by other drawings of the same subject rendered with more agile line. At the gutter of the sketchbook the artist has drawn a quick plan of the topography of Luxembourg City: helpful given its complex arrangement of river valleys, plateaux, citadels and fortifications. A little of the plan extends onto the folio opposite (Tate D28285; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 66).

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

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