Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Views of Spa from the Hillside

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
D28115
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 39

Catalogue entry

With fine and precise line, Turner has delineated two profiles of the town of Spa from the surrounding Ardennes hillsides. The larger of the two has been annotated to indicate where woodland sprawls across the mountainous topography. The town can be seen nestled in the valley, the spire of the Church of Saint-Rémacle conspicuous at centre. The smaller of the two drawings is inversely orientated and runs parallel to the gutter of the sketchbook.
For other views of Spa in this sketchbook see Tate D28078, D28082–D28083, D28086–D28092, D28107–D28114, D28116; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 19, 21–21a, 23–26, 34a–38, 39a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

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