Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Bridge, Church and Citadel at Huy, Looking Downstream


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 99 × 162 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVII 6 a

Catalogue entry

This delicately rendered sketch depicts Huy with its stone bridge and the Church of Notre-Dame. The celebrated rose window at the west end of the church is visible, a feature described by the journalist and author Dudley Costello as a vivid and ‘extremely beautiful’ contrast to the other windows with ‘scarcely a fragment of stained glass left’.1 The building to the right of the church is shown in Tate D20088, D20090; Turner Bequest CCXVII 3, 4. It also appears in a later engraving by Thomas Shotter Boys (1803–74), printed for Clarkson Frederick Stanfield’s 1838 publication Sketches on The Moselle, The Rhine & The Meuse.2 Stanfield’s son George (1828–1878) painted a similar view of Huy on the Meuse (Royal Pavilion, Libraries & Museums, Brighton & Hove).3
There is a view very similar to this one in the later Spa, Dinant and Namur sketchbook of 1839 (Tate D28051; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 5a).

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2014

Dudley Costello, A tour through the valley of the Meuse: with the legends of the Walloon country and the Ardennes, London 1846, p.103.
T.S. Boys, ‘Bridge, Cathedral and Citadel’, Dilibri Rhineland-Palatinate, accessed 14 January 2014,; for W. Clarkson Stanfield’s entire publication see
There is a reproduction of this work at the BBC website page, Your Paintings, accessed 14 January 2014,

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