Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Confluence of the Meuse and the Sambre at Namur, Looking Upstream; Continuation of Sketch of the Brick-Built Church of Notre-Dame by the Hospice d’Harscamp


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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 15

Catalogue entry

Drawing from a boat, here Turner records a view of the confluence of the Meuse and Sambre Rivers at Namur, similar to those depicted on Tate D20104–D20105, D20106; Turner Bequest CCXVII 12a–13, 14. Turner is the furthest away from the citadel and promontory here, and subsequently able to take a wider angled view of Namur’s topography. At left are steps leading up to buildings from the river’s edge. At right is the Hospice d’Harscamp, a place of respite for the sick and elderly endowed by one of Namur’s wealthiest aristocratic families. At top right Turner has drawn a small detail of an eighteenth-century church belonging to the Hospice, the église Notre-Dame d’Harscamp, on the rue Saint-Nicolas.1 Beneath this detail are the inscriptions: ‘Brick | Cornice Windows’.2
‘Historique’, Espace culturel d’Harscamp, accessed 22 January 2014,âtiment/historique
Cecilia Powell, Turner’s Rivers of Europe: The Rhine, Meuse and Mosel, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1991, Appendix p.211.
There is the very briefest continuation of the view on Tate D20109; Turner Bequest CCXVII 16.

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2014

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