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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner St Peter's Church, Louvain 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 3 Recto:
St Peter’s Church, Louvain 1839
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 3
Pencil on white wove writing paper, 94 x 154 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘B Sky [...] Black Walls’ near bottom at centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘350’ bottom right and ‘3’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXXVII–3’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
In contrast to the detailed drawing of St Peter’s Church on the opposite folio (Tate D28045; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 2 a), Turner has produced a summary outline of the profile of part of the same building here. There is an inscription relating to colouring: ‘B[?lue] Sky [...] Black Walls’.
For other views of Louvain in this sketchbook see Tate D28047, D28049–D28050, D28054, D28059–D28064; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 3a, 4a–5, 7, 9a–12. For colour drawings of Louvain executed in gouache, pen and ink, and watercolour on blue paper see Tate D20263, D24590; Turner Bequest CCXXII D, CCLIX 25.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘St Peter’s Church, Louvain 1839 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 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-st-peters-church-louvain-r1150320, accessed 17 October 2021.