In the middle distance Turner shows the two principal buildings of Sedan, the seventeenth-century church of St Charles with its two black, domed towers and the colossal fortified castle dating from the . His viewpoint is to the south-east, just outside the Porte de Bouillon. The military activities of the foreground provide the scene not only with an appropriate human element but also with the requisite sense of scale. This majestic, land-locked scene stands in complete contrast to the brilliantly coloured view at Mézières (no.103); together they form a superb conclusion to Turner's views of the Meuse.
Gallery label, August 2004
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