Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Géronstère Spring, Spa

1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 94 × 154 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28077
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 18 a

Catalogue entry

Turner made several sketches of the Géronstère mineral spring in its richly wooded setting in the hills two miles south of Spa, Belgium (Tate D28079, D28081; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 19a, 20a). There is also a gouache, pen and ink, and watercolour drawing on blue paper of the spring (Tate D24745; Turner Bequest CCLIX 180).
This quickly wrought sketch depicts a group of tall, densely foliated trees with a winding path and two small huts within. The surrounding topography has been fleetingly suggested but left undeveloped.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2013

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