Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rocks on the Meuse; The Abbey of Flône; Distant View of Namur; Hand Carts and Wine Bottles


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 118 × 78 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVI 46 a

Catalogue entry

The uppermost sketch shows the vertiginous limestone cliffs of the Meuse valley near Namur, similar to those recorded on Tate D19641; Turner Bequest CCXVI 46. Below is a view of the abbey at Flône, spelt ‘Flume’ in Turner’s inscription (see also Tate D19619–D19621, D19642, D20086; Turner Bequest CCXVI 34a–35a, 46a, CCXVII 2). The city of Namur, looking upstream towards the confluence of the Sambre and Meuse Rivers, is the subject of the penultimate sketch; for other drawings of Namur taken in 1824 see Tate D19643–D19645, D19647–D19750, D20057, D20059, D20104–D20108; Turner Bequest CCXVI 47–48, 49–50a, 258a–259, CCXVII 12a–15. The jottings at the foot of the page show handcarts loaded with wine bottles: an unsurprising sight given the abundance of vines which are grown on the slopes of the Meuse valley even to this day.

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2014

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