Joseph Mallord William Turner

Huy, Looking Upstream from the Liège Road; Huy, from the Hillside to the East; Marché de Theux, the Castle of Franchimont and the Bridge over the Hoëgne, from its West Bank


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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 28 a

Catalogue entry

The principal drawing on this folio is a view of Huy rendered in a fine and deliberate line. Three of the city’s monuments are visible: the citadel at the brow of a mount, the square tower of the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame and the arched bridge to its right. With the sketchbook orientated in accordance with the foliation, Turner has drawn a small and slight sketch of Huy with the citadel in the background. At the lowermost register of the sketchbook, at the gutter, is the top of the castle of Franchimont which Turner has continued onto the opposite folio (Tate D28097; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 29).
For other views of Huy in this sketchbook see Tate D28048, D28053, D28057, D28067, D28131–D28137, D28139–D28143, D28147, D28149; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 4, 6a, 8a, 13a, 47a–50a, 51a–53a, 56a, 57a. There are also a number of colour sketches in gouache with watercolour and pen and ink produced on blue paper dated around 1839 (Tate D20221, D20222, D20226, D20268, D20288; Turner Bequest CCXX N, O, S; CCXXII I, CCXXIII C).
For earlier views of Huy see the 1824 Huy and Dinant sketchbook (Tate D20087–D20093, D20109–D20110; Turner Bequest CCXVII 2a–6a, 16–7); the Rivers Meuse and Moselle sketchbook of the same date (Tate D19622–D19635; Turner Bequest CCXVI 36–43) and the Brussels up to Mannheim sketchbook of 1833 (Tate D29653, D29656–D29659, D29661–D29662, D29768, D29771; Turner Bequest 29, 30a–32, 33–33a, 90, 91a).

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2013

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