Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Sauvenière Spring, Spa


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 94 × 154 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 22

Catalogue entry

The Sauvenière spring is located in woodland approximately two miles east of Spa. The site was presided over by ‘a substantial three-storeyed house’, the Turner scholar Cecilia Powell writes, which was ‘linked to the Sauvenière spring by an arcade similar to that found at Géronstère’ (Tate D28079; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 19 a, for example).1 In this sketch Turner has mapped out the landscape roughly with loose pencil markings: vertical strokes of the pencil representing trees which line a path in front of the Sauvenière house. The artist has inscribed ‘Savon’, an abbreviation of Sauvenière, at the bottom right of the sheet.
Sauvenière and Groesbeck, a spring just a few yards away, are depicted on the verso of this sheet (Tate D28084; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 22a). The present sketch formed the basis for a gouache, pen and ink and watercolour drawing on blue paper (Tate D24780; Turner Bequest CCLIX 215).

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2013

Powell 1991, p.171, no.117 reproduced.

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