Joseph Mallord William Turner

View down the Meuse from Jambes towards the Citadel at Namur and the Pont de Jambes; Groups of Figures with Merchandise and a Cart

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 x 154 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28121
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 42

Catalogue entry

As with the sketch on the previous folio (Tate D28120; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 41a), Turner depicts the left bank of the Meuse running through Namur from the adjacent district of Jambes. The view incorporates the citadel of Namur atop the heights and the arched Pont de Jambes. Rough hatching and gestural markings suggest the rugged surface of the crag and the vegetation surrounding it.
In addition, Turner roughly jots in two groups of figures orientated inversely to the landscape which run parallel to the peripheral edge of the sketchbook. What appear to be carts and various wares can be identified, perhaps indicating a scene of local trade.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

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