Joseph Mallord William Turner

Views at Namur, Two Looking up the Meuse to the Confluence, Three Looking down the Meuse towards the Citadel, Bridge and Jambes


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 118 × 78 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVI 49 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook turned upside down, Turner pictures a range of views of Namur using swift and summary handling. The two uppermost sketches show the point at which the Meuse and Sambre Rivers meet, overlooked by the citadel and with the district of Jambes and the Pont de Jambes to the left. The central and two lowermost sketches are taken from a vantage point in Jambes itself and thus show the opposite perspective to the upper drawings. The views look towards the confluence and feature the citadel of Namur at left and the Pont de Jambes at the foot of the ridge.
For other drawings of Namur taken in 1824 see Tate D19642–D19647, D19649–D19750, D20057, D20059, D20104–D20108; Turner Bequest CCXVI 46a–49, 50–50a, 258a–259, CCXVII 12a–15.

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2014

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