Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rocks at Samson

1824

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 × 78 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D19641
Turner Bequest CCXVI 46

Catalogue entry

The limestone rock formations and cliffs at Samson and nearby Marche-les-Dames are the Meuse’s celebrated natural monuments. In these three studies, Turner pictures the variety ‘of lofty, abrupt and sombre-tinted rocks overhanging the bed of the river’, as Bartholomew Stritch puts it; the artist’s jagged and tremulous line suggesting their time-worn fissures and grooves.1 Other studies of Mosan geology include: Tate D19644, D19646, D20058–D20059, D20262, D24736, D28129–D28130; Turner Bequest CCXVI 47a, 48a, 259–259a, CCXXII C, CCLIX 171, CCLXXXVII 46a–47.

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2014

1
Bartholomew Stritch, The Meuse, the Moselle, and the Rhine; or, A six weeks' tour through the finest river scenery in Europe, by B.S., London 1845, p.25.

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