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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Géronstère Spring, Spa 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 18 Verso:
The Géronstère Spring, Spa 1839
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 18 a
Pencil on white wove writing paper, 94 x 154 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner made several sketches of the Géronstère mineral spring in its richly wooded setting in the hills two miles south of Spa, Belgium (Tate D28079, D28081; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 19a, 20a). There is also a gouache, pen and ink, and watercolour drawing on blue paper of the spring (Tate D24745; Turner Bequest CCLIX 180).
This quickly wrought sketch depicts a group of tall, densely foliated trees with a winding path and two small huts within. The surrounding topography has been fleetingly suggested but left undeveloped.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘The Géronstère Spring, Spa 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-the-geronstere-spring-spa-r1150351, accessed 08 July 2020.