Joseph Mallord William Turner

Luxembourg from the North


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Support: 140 × 192 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXI N

Catalogue entry

As Cecilia Powell notes, it is impossible to determine the exact spot in Luxembourg depicted in this gouache; there is no doubt, however, that it does indeed represent that city because of the ‘type of plateaux’ depicted, the ‘characteristic turret on the left’, and ‘the straggle of houses clinging to the incline on the right’.1
In producing this composition, Turner likely drew on visual memoranda of Luxembourg stored in memory and on paper in the pages of his sketchbooks. One drawing in particular may have contributed: a rough jotting made in the Givet, Mézières, Verdun, Metz, Luxemburg and Trèves sketchbook (Tate D28275; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 61).
For other of Turner’s 1839 gouaches of Luxembourg see Tate D20244–D20246, D20248–D20249, D20264, D20270, D20273, D20284–D20285, N05240; Turner Bequest CCXXI K–CCXXI M, CCXXI O–CCXXI P, CCXXII E, CCXXII K, CCXXII N, CCXXII Y–CCXXII Z.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2013

Powell 1991, p.183.

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