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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Study of Sky over the Meuse near Liège 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 23 Verso:
Study of Sky over the Meuse near Liège 1824
Turner Bequest CCXVI 23 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 78 x 118 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘V Blue’ top left, ‘[?Livid] Red’ centre left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Here Turner records the Meuse as it meanders through the countryside surrounding Liège; the view is the same as that shown on folio 21 verso (Tate D19593; Turner Bequest CCXVI 21a) but here taken from further away. Above, the artist has made a study of the sky and its cloud forms, taking note of the ‘V[ery] Blue’ and ‘[?Livid] Red’ light he saw.
For views of Liège taken in Huy and Dinant sketchbook of 1824, see Tate D20095–D20099, D20105; Turner Bequest Turner Bequest CCXVII 8–10, 13.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2014

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Study of Sky over the Meuse near Liège 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 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-study-of-sky-over-the-meuse-near-liege-r1174385, accessed 19 September 2021.