Drawing from a location on what is now called the Avenue des Combattants, this finely rendered study of Dinant incorporates the citadel, the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame and the Porte Saint-Martin at far right. At top right Turner has made a cursory sketch of the ornate tracery above one of the church’s portals.
Similar studies of Dinant are found on Tate D20112–D20113; Turner Bequest CCXVII 18–19. For other 1824 drawings of Dinant, see those in the Rivers Meuse and Moselle (Tate D19554, D19559, D19654–D19657, D19659, D19662–D19663, D20109; Turner Bequest CCXVI 2, 4a, 52a–54, 55, 56a–57, CCXVII 16). For later views, particularly sketches taken in 1839, see Tate D28094, D28122, D28125, D28142, D28147, D28153, D28155–D28158, D28160–D28166, D41091; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 27a, 42a, 44a, 53, 56a, 59a, 60a–62a, 63a–66a. There is also a series of colour drawings executed in gouache and watercolour: Tate D20227, D20228, D24724, D28984; Turner Bequest CCXX T, U; CCLIX 159, CCXCII 37.
The paper has mottled and browned significantly, a result of the drawing’s prolonged exhibition and exposure to sunlight during the nineteenth century.