Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Church and Citadel, Dinant, from the Grand’Place


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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 60 a

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Although this sketchbook contains British-made paper, it bears the label of a stationer in the Rue de la Madeleine, Brussels, where Turner must have bought it at the very start of his 1839 tour. The majority of the sketches it contains occupy only one page or less, but on ff.60v-61r Turner obviously felt that a square format was essential to do justice to this magnificent view of Dinant with the church of Notre-Dame shown against the backdrop of its massive cliffs and citadel.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry

This is one half of a detailed drawing of the citadel and Church of Notre-Dame at Dinant which continues onto the folio opposite (Tate D28156; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 61). The view is taken at street level, offering a striking contrast of architectural scale and style. Turner’s handling is deliberate and fine: a careful rendering of a picturesque and impressive scene.
For other views of Dinant in this sketchbook see Tate D28042, D28094, D28122, D28125, D28142, D28147, D28153, D28157–D28158, D28160–D28166, D41091; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 1, 27a, 42a, 44a, 53, 56a, 59a, 62–62a, 63a–66a.
For earlier views of Dinant taken in 1824, see Tate D19556–D19663, D20109–D20113; Turner Bequest CCXVI 53a–57, CCXVII 16–19.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

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