Joseph Mallord William Turner

Groups of Figures; The Tower of Notre-Dame, Mézières; A Town, Probably Mézières


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 118 × 78 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVI 45

Catalogue entry

The two groups of figures, including the group of women in local dress at centre, are most likely a continuation of the studies taken from a quay close to the Pont des Arches at Liège (Tate D19638; Turner Bequest CCXVI 44a). The remaining sketches, orientated inversely relative to the foliation, are of Mézières, a French city now annexed to Charleville in the north-easterly Ardennes region. Turner has made a sketch of the tower of the Basilica of Notre-Dame d’Espérance at left, and two cursory jottings of the city from a distance at rear. Charleville-Mézières and its environs are pictured elsewhere in this sketchbook on Tate D19681, D19683–D19685; Turner Bequest CCXVII 66, 67–68.

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2014

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