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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner The Confluence of the Meuse and the Sambre at Namur, Looking Upstream 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 14 Recto:
The Confluence of the Meuse and the Sambre at Namur, Looking Upstream 1824
D20106
Turner Bequest CCXVII 14
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 99 x 162 mm
Watermark ‘[...]lls | 1[...]’
Inscribed in blue ink by Ruskin ‘14’ top right and ‘247’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXVII–14’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Here Turner shows the point at which the Meuse (at left) and the Sambre (at right) join. The Pont de Jambes, which crosses the Meuse, connects the district of Jambes to the promontory atop which Namur’s citadel stands (Tate D20104; Turner Bequest CCXVII 12a). At the foot of this lofty promontory is the Hospice Saint-Gilles, identifiable by a teardrop-shaped spire (see also Tate D20105; Turner Bequest CCXVII 13). To the right of the bridge crossing the Sambre is the cursory outline of a spired tower: most likely the Tour de Saint-Jacques and its twelfth-century belfry. There is a small detail of buildings and a cupola at top right.
This view is very briefly continued on the folio opposite (Tate D41508).

Alice Rylance-Watson
January 2014

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘The Confluence of the Meuse and the Sambre at Namur, Looking Upstream 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-confluence-of-the-meuse-and-the-sambre-at-namur-looking-r1174302, accessed 20 May 2022.