Joseph Mallord William Turner

Huy and its Citadel from the Hillside to the North


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 94 × 154 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 13 a

Catalogue entry

Here Turner depicts the Walloon city of Huy from surrounding hillsides to the north. The citadel, built in 1818 by the Dutch, occupies a commanding position atop the crest of a tor. Beneath it, towards the left, is the tower of the Gothic Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame. Other churches and local buildings have been roughly sketched into the valley floor. The foreground is peopled with various figures; to the left locals drive carts up a track and to the right Turner has jotted in two seated figures looking out over the view. Drawn minimally with just two or three curled lines, Turner captures their postures instantly: an example of the artist’s aptitude for pictorial shorthand.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2013

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