Joseph Mallord William Turner

Liège from the Pont des Arches


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Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Gouache, pen and ink and watercolour on paper
Support: 141 × 191 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIX 99

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By Turner's day Liège was already a large city and a thriving industrial centre with numerous ironworks and manufactories. In no.84 the large house at the centre with a steeply pitched roof, tall chimney and close array of windows is an embellished version of the sixteenth-century Maison Curtius, while the wooded area shown on the right is part of the Outremeuse, the long island in the Meuse which lies at the heart of Liège. In no.85 Turner shows the view from the south-western outskirts of the city close to the factories around Seraing, many of which were established by the Cockerill family of Lancashire.

Gallery label, September 1991

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