Joseph Mallord William Turner

Villas on the Outskirts of Spa

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
D28087
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 23 a

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has produced a rough and swiftly rendered sketch of villas in the outskirts of Spa. Drawn in simple outline, the lodgings are situated toward the base of the Ardennes ridge. What appears to be the word ‘Bellevue’ followed by an indecipherable word beneath it has been inscribed at the bottom right of the sheet.
For other views of Spa in this sketchbook see Tate D28078, D28082–D28083; D28086, D28088–D28092, D28107–D28116; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 19, 21–21a, 23, 24–6, 34a–39a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2013

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