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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Ligny-en-Barrois 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 14 Recto:
Ligny-en-Barrois 1802
Turner Bequest LXXVII 14
Pencil on white wove paper, 154 x 240 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Ligny’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXXVII – 14’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner passed through Ligny on his way home across France. For Turner’s four sketches of Ligny in this sketchbook see especially folio13 (D04748), a view similar to this but taken from slightly further away. Here the twelfth-century Tour de Luxembourg, the only remaining portion of the town’s ancient fortress, for which see also folio 16 (D04751), has become clearly visible between trees on the right. For a closer view of the arch, also brought into focus here, see folio15 (D04750). As Ian Warrell was the first to observe, the town walls, gate, bell-tower, approaching road and group of trees to right reappear in Turner’s design for the plate Christ and the Woman of Samaria in his Liber Studiorum. For his drawing for the plate, see Tate D08169; Turner Bequest CXVIII O. Although the classical organisation of the Liber design has usually been linked to Nicolas Poussin, and specifically to the picture Roman Road ascribed to him in Turner’s day (Dulwich College Gallery, London), Warrell sees the more ‘significant presence’ of Claude as being evoked by this scenery as Claude had grown up not far away at Chamagne, in the Vosges.

David Blayney Brown
March 2004

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Ligny-en-Barrois 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2004, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-ligny-en-barrois-r1133452, accessed 24 June 2024.