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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Bridge, Church and Citadel at Huy, Looking Downstream 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 6 Verso:
The Bridge, Church and Citadel at Huy, Looking Downstream 1824
Turner Bequest CCXVII 6 a
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 99 x 162 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This delicately rendered sketch depicts Huy with its stone bridge and the Church of Notre-Dame. The celebrated rose window at the west end of the church is visible, a feature described by the journalist and author Dudley Costello as a vivid and ‘extremely beautiful’ contrast to the other windows with ‘scarcely a fragment of stained glass left’.1 The building to the right of the church is shown in Tate D20088, D20090; Turner Bequest CCXVII 3, 4. It also appears in a later engraving by Thomas Shotter Boys (1803–74), printed for Clarkson Frederick Stanfield’s 1838 publication Sketches on The Moselle, The Rhine & The Meuse.2 Stanfield’s son George (1828–1878) painted a similar view of Huy on the Meuse (Royal Pavilion, Libraries & Museums, Brighton & Hove).3
There is a view very similar to this one in the later Spa, Dinant and Namur sketchbook of 1839 (Tate D28051; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 5a).

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2014

Dudley Costello, A tour through the valley of the Meuse: with the legends of the Walloon country and the Ardennes, London 1846, p.103.
T.S. Boys, ‘Bridge, Cathedral and Citadel’, Dilibri Rhineland-Palatinate, accessed 14 January 2014, http://www.dilibri.de/rlb/content/pageview/1666; for W. Clarkson Stanfield’s entire publication see http://www.dilibri.de/rlb/content/titleinfo/1277
There is a reproduction of this work at the BBC website page, Your Paintings, accessed 14 January 2014, http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/huy-on-the-meuse-belgium-75528

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘The Bridge, Church and Citadel at Huy, Looking Downstream 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-the-bridge-church-and-citadel-at-huy-looking-downstream-r1174289, accessed 19 August 2022.