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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Franchimont from the South: Distant View c.1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Franchimont from the South: Distant View c.1839
Turner Bequest CCXXII G
Gouache, pen and ink and watercolour on blue wove paper, 139 x 189 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXXII G’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This drawing is based on a rough pencil sketch of Franchimont taken in the Spa, Dinant and Namur sketchbook of 1839 (Tate D28103; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 32a). It is rendered in muted grey-blue, warm ochre and translucent burgundy. Turner employs rust-toned sepia ink and pen to describe the lower reaches of the hillside and a road leading away from the viewer. The artist’s handling is nimble and summary. A few figures people the foreground and a carriage can be seen speeding down the road: perhaps some foreground incident to enrich the preliminary pencil sketch.
Technical notes:
There is some foxing present where the paper has discoloured after having been framed and displayed.
Stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCXXII G’ at bottom left; inscribed in pencil ‘CCXXII G’ at bottom right.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Franchimont from the South: Distant View c.1839 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 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-franchimont-from-the-south-distant-view-r1150971, accessed 29 November 2021.