Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Citadel, Church and Bridge at Huy, Looking Upstream from the South Bank of the Meuse with Part of the Ruined Town Walls

1824

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 99 × 162 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20092
Turner Bequest CCXVII 6

Catalogue entry

Rendered with swift handling, Turner has framed this view of Huy with the crumbling remains of a tower belonging to the town’s medieval ramparts (see also Tate D29661; Turner Bequest CCXCVI 33). The walls and a tower similar to that shown here is depicted in a painting by Andreas Schelfhout (1787–1870) entitled Small Street in Huy, Belgium c.1824. Beyond the walls is the Church of Notre-Dame, the citadel crowning the rocky heights above, and the arched stone bridge crossing the Meuse at right.
At top right is a small sketch of a town, possibly Huy. Two churches with spired towers can be seen. There are also two tiny details of architectural features, which appear to be the contours of a tower or cupola.

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2014

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