Joseph Mallord William Turner

Spa from the Hillside


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 154 × 94 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 24

Catalogue entry

Taken from a clearing in the hillside, here Turner has drawn a relatively detailed view looking down onto the centre of Spa including the Church of Saint-Rémacle towards the left. A view of the town taken from a slightly different viewpoint is found on the following folio (Tate D28089; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 24a).
The handling is comparatively deliberate and precise, Turner taking quite a thorough record of the scene rather than a rough mapping out of the landscape. He has labelled parts of the surrounding topography with the words ‘Lake’ and ‘Corn’: a textual reminder of the landscape should he wish to develop the sketch into a more finished drawing.
For other views of Spa in this sketchbook see Tate D28078, D28082–D28083, D28086–D28087, D28089–D28092, D28107–D28116; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 19, 21–21a, 23–23a, 24a–26, 34a–39a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2013

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