J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Brussels from the North 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 271 Verso:
Brussels from the North 1824
Turner Bequest CCXVI 264 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 78 x 118 mm
Watermark ‘[smith &] allnut | [18]22’
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘[?Hale] [...tre] [?expa...] top right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is a view of the Belgian city of Brussels, taken from a northerly perspective. Turner may have drawn this view from the vast parkland which surrounds the Royal Palace of Laeken, situated to the north of the city. The profiles of the Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula and of the Town Hall can be seen at left and right respectively. Turner stayed at Brussels on 12 August 1824, at the very beginning of his tour, and on 5 September, towards the end of it. See also Tate D20067–D20068, D20070–D20072; Turner Bequest CCXVI 263a–264, 265–266.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Brussels from the North 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-brussels-from-the-north-r1174864, accessed 15 January 2021.