Joseph Mallord William Turner

Spa from the Hillside


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