Joseph Mallord William Turner

Huy, Looking Upstream; Barge Moored at Quayside at Huy, just below the Bridge


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Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 78 × 118 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVI 38

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook orientated in accordance with the foliation, the uppermost drawing is a continuation of a wide view of Huy from the folio opposite (Tate D19625; Turner Bequest CCXVI 37a). The principal drawing was taken with the sketchbook orientated to landscape format and shows the quayside and a narrow side street next to the arched bridge at Huy. A river barge laden with a cargo of ‘Tiles’ is moored at the dockside; figures converse to the right of the vessel: perhaps they are crew tasked with loading or unloading wares or perhaps they are locals engaged in trade or conversation. Though cursory, this sketch offers the viewer a glimpse of daily life and labour on the banks of the Meuse from a closer perspective than usual, indicating that Turner had disembarked at this point to take to the streets of Huy on foot.

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2014

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