Joseph Mallord William Turner

Views of a Fortress Town


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 78 × 118 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVI 65

Catalogue entry

An arched bridge leading towards the entranceway of an unidentified town is the subject of the principal sketch. There are also two small squared-off views: at top left is a town shown from a distance during a rainstorm and the other, at bottom right, annotated ‘Cuyp’, shows a river flowing towards a fortified town with figures walking at its banks. The inscription ‘Cuyp’ refers to Aelbert Cuyp (1620–1691), a Dutch ‘Golden Age’ landscape artist. Turner may have found the landscape before him reminiscent of a Cuyp tableau, just as he had found an earlier landscape in northern France evocative of paintings by his contemporary and friend A.W. Callcott (Tate D19588; Turner Bequest CCXVI 19).

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2014

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