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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Old Houses, Probably on a Quay at Liège 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Recto:
Old Houses, Probably on a Quay at Liège 1824
Turner Bequest CCXVII 8
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 99 x 162 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Grey’, ‘Black’, Red’, ‘G’, ‘Grey’
Inscribed in blue ink by Ruskin ‘8’ top right and ‘247’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXVII–8’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This delicately rendered drawing shows a parade of houses on the riverfront, most likely on a quay at the Belgian city of Liège. Constructed in the traditional Liégeois style, the façades feature decorative brickwork, mullion windows, and ornamental mouldings, cornices and lintels. As Finberg observed in 1909, this is a continuation of a view on CCXVII 7 which Edward Croft Murray recorded as missing in 1939.1
For other drawings of Liège in this sketchbook see Tate D20097–D20099, D20105; Turner Bequest Turner Bequest CCXVII 9–10, 13.

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2014

Finberg 1909, vol.II p.682.

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Old Houses, Probably on a Quay at Liège 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 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-old-houses-probably-on-a-quay-at-liege-r1174290, accessed 19 August 2022.