Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of Rocks and Hills along the Meuse near Namur

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
D19644
Turner Bequest CCXVI 47 a

Catalogue entry

Here Turner depicts five views of the Meuse valley, showing vertiginous limestone cliffs and fertile sloping banks where ‘Corn’ is grown. Given the scale and striations of the cliffs, Turner may be sketching near Marche-les-Dames, depicted on the folio 48 recto (Tate D19645; Turner Bequest CCXVI 48). The artist has inscribed one of the sketches with ‘women white cloth’, perhaps referring to women washing fabric or hanging it up to dry by the river.

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2014

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