Joseph Mallord William Turner

Overlapping Views on the Meuse Including Three of Chokier, Looking Upstream


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 78 × 118 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVI 31

Catalogue entry

These slight sketches depict the village and castle of Chokier, situated on the north bank of the Meuse between Liège and Huy. Dominating the valley atop a precipitous rock, the chateau, for centuries the seat of the ancient Surlet de Chokier family, is ‘an old building, faced with a modern front of Italian architecture’, according to the travel writer John Murray.1 The eighteenth-century façade belies the building’s thirteenth-century heritage, which is represented by a single remaining medieval tower topped with a conical roof. The village of Chokier stands at foot of the cliff; its church, the Eglise Saint-Marcellin, is situated close to the river’s edge and is identifiable by its tapering spire.2 For more drawings of Chokier and its chateau see Tate D19611, D19613–D19618, D19635–D19636, D20085; Turner Bequest CCXVI 30a, 31a–34, 43–43a, CCXVII 1a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2014

John Murray, A Handbook for Travellers on the Continent: Being a Guide to Holland, Belgium, Prussia, Northern Germany, and the Rhine from Holland to Switzerland, London 1853, p.172. See also ‘Château de Chokier’, Chokier, accessed 21 March 2014,
‘Le Village de Chokier: L’église Saint Marcellin de Chokier’, Chokier, accessed 21 March 2014, <>

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