Joseph Mallord William Turner

Huy and its Citadel from the Hillside to the West, Looking Downstream; The Castle of Crèvecoeur and the Church of Bouvignes, Looking Downstream from the Hill opposite Dinant

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: 94 x 154 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28139
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 51 a

Catalogue entry

The larger of these sketches is compositionally similar to a drawing on folio 52 verso of this sketchbook (Tate D28141; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 52 a) and to two colour drawings on blue paper of Huy seen from a westerly perspective (Tate D20222, D20288; Turner Bequest CCXX O, CCXXIII C). As Cecilia Powell explains, this would be the view ‘seen by the traveller rounding the curve of the Meuse beneath Mont Picard and looking downstream to the widest façade of the fort [the citadel]... and the sturdy west tower of the church [of Notre-Dame]’.1
With the sketchbook turned in accordance with the foliation, Turner has drawn a small sketch on the lowermost register of the page. This depicts the ruins of the medieval castle of Crèvecoeur and the church of Bouvignes built into the rocky topography surrounding the Meuse valley. At the time Bouvignes was a small village moments north of Dinant and provided an impressive viewpoint from which to sketch the town from a distance.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

1
Powell 1991, p.154 no.89.

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