Joseph Mallord William Turner

List of Places on the Meuse between Frénois and Onhye; Sketch of Figures


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 118 x 78 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVI 3

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has compiled a list of places on the Meuse between Frénois and Onhye. The list is transcribed below, with this cataloguer’s approximation of the real place names noted in brackets to the right of the transcription where necessary or possible.
‘Frinay’ (Frénois)
‘Don’ (Donchery)
‘?Ellain’ (?Chalandry-Elaire)
‘Felize B.’ (Flize)
‘Vill[ou] (Villers-sur-Bar)
‘Pris’ (Prix-Lès-Mézières)
‘War[...]court’ (Warnècourt)
‘Jury’ (Sury)
‘Charleville   Dukedom of Rhitelois’ (now Charleville-Mézières)
‘Monthermelle   B     Rou[...]voy’ (Monthermé)
‘Fumai Bis of Liege Pro ?Cham’ | ‘[...]’ (Fumay)
‘[..]epin’ (?Revin)
‘?Monligne’ (Molhain)
‘Vau[...]’ (?Vaucelles)
‘Charlemont       City of the ?R[...]’
‘Givet St. Hillaire       Givet’
‘Alimont’ (Agimont)
‘Onhay’ (Onhaye)
Beside ‘Charleville’, Turner has made note of the duchy of which that town is a part, continuing to do so for other towns on Tate D19557–D19558; Turner Bequest CCXVI 3a–4. The ‘Dukedom’ referred to here is that of Rethel (Duché de Rethel, Province du Rethelois). Only two years after Turner executed this sketch, the fourteenth Duchess of Rethel, Louise-Félicité d’Aumont Mazarin, died and the title was claimed by her descendants, the Sovereign Princes of Monaco. The artist’s notes beside Fumay, ‘Bis of Liege’ and ‘Pro ?Cham’, refer to the Bishops of Liège and possibly to the Province of Champagne.
At the lowermost register Turner has drawn a group of figures (these are inverted relative to the foliation).

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2014

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