Joseph Mallord William Turner

Spa from the Hillside

1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 94 × 154 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28107
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 34 a

Catalogue entry

In this rough and swiftly rendered line drawing Turner has depicted the town of Spa situated in a valley in the Ardennes mountain chain. The artist has made a quick record of the topography, annotating the sketch with the letters ‘wo’, a shortening of ‘wood’. The townscape is in basic linear profile. There appears to be a building with trees at the top left of the page which Turner has labelled with a number ‘2’. This sketch is probably separate from the principal drawing of Spa.
For other views of Spa in this sketchbook see Tate D28078, D28082–D28083, D28086–D28092, D28108–D28116; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 19, 21–21a, 23–26, 35–39a.
Technical notes:
There has been some transference of Turner’s inscription from the folio opposite (Tate D28108; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 35) close to the gutter of the sketchbook.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

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