Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Confluence of the Meuse and the Sambre at Namur, Looking Upstream


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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 12 a

Catalogue entry

Drawing from a point on the Quai de Meuse, here Turner pictures the city of Namur in panorama. The view extends onto the folio opposite (Tate D20105; Turner Bequest CCXVII 13). Namur’s fortress crowns the rocky heights at centre, dominating the city at the confluence of the Meuse and Sambre Rivers. On this page, the ancient stone bridge called the Pont de Jambes can be seen, spanning the Meuse between Jambes on the left bank and the lower reaches of the citadel complex.
For other views of Namur in this sketchbook see Tate D20105D20106; Turner Bequest CCXVII 13–14. See also the 1833 Brussels up to Mannheim-Rhine sketchbook (Tate D29645, D29647, D29751; Turner Bequest CCXCVI 25, 26, 79a) and the 1839 Spa, Dinant and Namur sketchbook (Tate D28042, D28065, D28069, D28118, D28120–D28121, D28123, D28125–D28127, D28151D28152).

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2014

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