Joseph Mallord William Turner

Soldiers; Meuse Valley

1824

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 78 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D19674
Turner Bequest CCXVI 62 a

Catalogue entry

These swiftly rendered jottings show the Meuse valley in northern France and the ‘Wood’ and fields of ‘Corn’ which line its slopes. Turner has made a study of soldiers and a cart at the upper register, noting that the soldiers were ‘drinking at a Spring’ near ‘Piles of Wood’. There is a diminutive squared-off landscape at bottom left, drawn inversely to the others, and labelled ‘[...]pin’. Though Turner’s writing is difficult to decipher, the inscription may read ‘Fépin’, a village close to Montigny which in turn is depicted on the opposite folio (Tate D19675; Turner Bequest CCXVI 63).

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2014

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