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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Church, Citadel and Bridge at Huy, Looking Upstream from the Quay on the North Bank (then 'Quai des Recollets') 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 52 Recto:
The Church, Citadel and Bridge at Huy, Looking Upstream from the Quay on the North Bank (then ‘Quai des Recollets’) 1839
D28140
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 52
Pencil on white wove writing paper, 94 x 154 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘350’ bottom right and ‘52’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXXVII–52’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner’s sketch was taken from a quay on the north bank of the Meuse at Huy, then named the ‘Quai des Recollets’. Here the artist offers a view of all three of Huy’s celebrated monuments (the bridge, the cathedral, and the citadel) picturesquely tiered for visual impact.
For other views of Huy in this sketchbook see Tate D28043, D28048, D28053, D28057, D28067, D28096, D28131–D28137, D28139, D28141–D28143, D28147, D28149; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 1a, 4, 6a, 8a, 13a, 28a, 47a–50a, 51a, 52a–53a, 56a, 57a. There are also a number of colour sketches in gouache with watercolour and pen and ink produced on blue paper dated around 1839 (Tate D20221, D20222, D20226, D20268, D20288; Turner Bequest CCXX N, O, S; CCXXII I, CCXXIII C).
For earlier views of Huy see the 1824 Huy and Dinant sketchbook (Tate D20087–D20093, D20109–D20110; Turner Bequest CCXVII 2a–6a, 16–7); the Rivers Meuse and Moselle sketchbook of the same date (Tate D19622–D19635; Turner Bequest CCXVI 36–43) and the Brussels up to Mannheim sketchbook of 1833 (Tate D29653, D29656–D29659, D29661–D29662, D29768, D29771; Turner Bequest 29, 30a–32, 33–33a, 90, 91a).

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘The Church, Citadel and Bridge at Huy, Looking Upstream from the Quay on the North Bank (then ‘Quai des Recollets’) 1839 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 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-the-church-citadel-and-bridge-at-huy-looking-upstream-from-r1150414, accessed 25 April 2019.