Joseph Mallord William Turner

Givet, Looking down the Meuse to Saint-Hilaire and the Bridge

1839

In Tate Britain

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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
D28181
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 8

Catalogue entry

The seventeenth-century Church of Saint-Hilaire is the focal point of this swiftly rendered sketch. Its elaborate clock spire and its apse are in view, with the stone arched bridge seen traversing the Meuse to the right. A detail of the bridge with overhanging trees suggested in loose scalloped line has been drawn close to the gutter of the sketchbook. This drawing and other sketches of Givet in this book (Tate D28170–D28180, D28182–D28185, D28187; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 2a–7a, 8a–10, 11) formed the basis of a gouache and watercolour drawing on blue paper (private collection).1

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

1
Reproduced in Powell 1991, p.163 no.102.

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