Joseph Mallord William Turner

Four Sketches of Towns between Givet and Mézières: Vireux; Distant View of Fumay; Town

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: 168 x 101 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28189
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 12

Catalogue entry

The sketches on this page extend onto the folio opposite (Tate D28188; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 11a). They depict the towns of Vireux (now Vireux-Molhain and Wallerand) and Fumay, located south of Givet on the route towards Mézières (now Charleville-Mézières). The sketch at the upper register is a view of Vireux on the Meuse, with a church tower and spire briefly suggested at the right. Below, running across the middle register, is the town of Fumay; the striking bell-shaped spire of the Church of St George rising loftily above the surrounding buildings. The lowermost sketch is a distant view of Fumay, with what appears to be the twin lantern spires of the Château des comtes de Bryas in the middle distance. A road, with a small carriage travelling upon it, leads towards the castle.
Turner briefly sketched Vireux and Fumay in the earlier Rivers Meuse and Moselle sketchbook of 1824 (Tate D19553, D19673, D19676; Turner Bequest CCXVI 7a, 62, 63a).
Technical notes:
There is a small daub of what appears to be red watercolour wash at top right.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

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