Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Town Hall, Louvain, and the Choir of St Peter’s Church


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Gouache, pen and ink and watercolour on paper
Support: 140 × 188 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXII D

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On his way to Germany in 1839, Turner passed through Brussels and Louvain, sketching as he went. This view of the
Town Hall and St. Peter's Church in Louvain shows his interest in Belgian architecture.

However, German cities and architecture played a more important part in Turner's working life. His interest began with his first visit to the Rhineland in 1817, at the age of forty-two, and continued until the publication of the large engravings of Ehrenbreitstein and Heidelberg in 1846, five years before his death.

Gallery label, August 2004

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