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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Distant View of Huy from the South-East; The Roche à Bayard, South of Dinant, Looking Southwards up the Meuse; Notre-Dame, Huy from the East 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 56 Verso:
Distant View of Huy from the South-East; The Roche à Bayard, South of Dinant, Looking Southwards up the Meuse; Notre-Dame, Huy from the East 1839
D28147
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 56 a
Pencil on white wove writing paper, 154 x 94 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Road’ towards top right and ‘[?Tower]’ at centre
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The rough sketch on the upper register depicts Huy from a south-easterly axis, the profile of the citadel visible atop the cliff and the tower of Notre-Dame Collegiate Church at the foot of the precipice. Below is a very basic rendering of Dinant and its celebrated monolith, the Roche à Bayard.
The remaining sketch of Notre-Dame is inverted in relation to the other drawings; it is thought to have formed the basis of a gouache, pen and ink and watercolour drawing of the church on blue paper (Tate D20268; Turner Bequest CCXXII I). Depicting the apse and towers of Notre-Dame, the pencil sketch was ‘drawn from the Place St-Denis, on the way up to La Sarte, a high viewpoint to the south-east of Huy’, according to Turner scholar Cecilia Powell.1

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

1
Powell 1991, p.153 no.86.

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Distant View of Huy from the South-East; The Roche à Bayard, South of Dinant, Looking Southwards up the Meuse; Notre-Dame, Huy from the East 1839 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-distant-view-of-huy-from-the-south-east-the-roche-a-bayard-r1150421, accessed 20 May 2022.