Joseph Mallord William Turner

Quayside View at Liège, with the Pont des Arches and Figures

1824

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 78 x 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20064
Turner Bequest CCXVI 262

Catalogue entry

This swiftly dashed off view shows the quayside at Liège, Belgium, on the banks of the river Meuse. At left Turner has sketched a few figures going about their daily business, chatting, transacting, walking to and fro. The Pont des Arches, the city’s ancient stone bridge, is directly behind them and on the high ridge at left stands Liège Citadel. A separate sketch of the Pont des Arches has been drawn above the main view across the uppermost register. For other views of Liège see Tate D19598–D19599, D20060–D20063, D20095–D20099, D20105, D28066; Turner Bequest Turner Bequest CCXVI 24–24a, 260–261a, CCXVII 8–10, 13, CCLXVIII 13.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

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