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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Five Sketches of the Meuse near Namur, Mostly of Marche-les-Dames 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 48 Recto:
Five Sketches of the Meuse near Namur, Mostly of Marche-les-Dames 1824
D19645
Turner Bequest CCXVI 48
Pencil on white wove paper, 118 x 78 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Marche les Dames’ parallel to gutter of book at centre, ‘Children at play’, ‘Corn’ far right, ascending
Inscribed in blue ink by Ruskin ‘48’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CCXVI–48’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Here Turner has produced five squared-off sketches of the Meuse near Namur and at ‘Marche-les-Dames’, a village celebrated for its lofty limestone rocks. Two of the views are orientated in accordance with the foliation and the other three are orientated to landscape. The drawing at bottom right shows ‘children at play’ in the foreground and, in the middle distance, the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Vivier.1
Other studies of Mosan geology include: Tate D19644, D19646, D20058–D20059, D20262, D24736, D28129–D28130; Turner Bequest CCXVI 47a, 48a, 259–259a, CCXXII C, CCLIX 171, CCLXXXVII 46a–47.

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2014

1
‘L’abbaye Notre Dame du Vivier’, Marche-les-Dames, accessed 31 March 2014, http://www.marchelesdames-wartet.be/content/labbaye-notre-dame-du-vivier

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Five Sketches of the Meuse near Namur, Mostly of Marche-les-Dames 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 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-five-sketches-of-the-meuse-near-namur-mostly-of-marche-les-r1174433, accessed 24 May 2022.