Joseph Mallord William Turner

List of Places on the Meuse between Verdun and Douzy; Three Landscape Sketches


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

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has compiled a list of places on the Meuse between Verdun and Douzy. It is continued on the folio opposite (Tate D19558; Turner Bequest CCXVI 4). 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.
Verdun’ ‘[...] and ?down [...] Ct of Verdun
                                            in Champaign’
‘Belleville’ (Belleville-sur-Meuse)
‘Flu[?r]y’ (Fleury-devant-Douaumont)
‘Grand Bas Bras’ (Bras-sur-Meuse)
‘Newville’ (Champneuville)
Samoigneux Bo’ (Samogneux)
‘Hautmont’ (Haumont-près-Samogneux)
‘Consenvoge’ (Consenvoye)
Sivry    Bo’ (Sivry-sur-Meuse)
‘Hauraumont’ (Haraumont or Vilosnes Haraumont)
‘Liny’ (Liny-devant-Dun)
‘Fontaine’ (Fontaines-St-Clair)
Dun        City Dukedom of Barr’ (Dun-sur-Meuse)
‘Milly’ (Milly-sur-Bradon)
‘Lyon’ (Lion-devant-Dun)
Stenay Duke of Bar D Luxembourg’
‘Pouilly’ (Pouilly-sur-Meuse)
Inor Bo’ (Inor)
‘Moulin’ (Moulins Saint-Hubert)
Mouzon     [...] City P of Cham’ (possibly Champaigne)
‘?Ambimont’ (Amblimont)
Donzy      City of Douziois      Ct of Barrois’ (Douzy)
As with Tate D19556, D19558; Turner Bequest CCXVI 3, 4, Turner has made note of duchies and counties next to place names, including: the County and Bishopric of Verdun; Dun-sur-Meuse within the Duchy of Bar; Stenay (Dukes of Bar and Dukes of Luxembourg); Mouzon in the province of Champagne; and finally Douzy, belonging to the duchy of Bar and thus, a ‘Barrois’ county.
Close to the gutter of the book Turner has made three cursory sketches of a distant townscape, the first of which has been squared off.

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2014

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