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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Three Distant Views of Louvain 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 4 Verso:
Three Distant Views of Louvain 1839
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 4 a
Pencil on white wove writing paper, 94 x 154 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
In this rough and loosely rendered sketch Turner has depicted three distant profiles of Louvain ‘looking downstream from the hillside to the west at Ahin’ according to Cecilia Powell.1 At the left is an abbreviated rendering of trees and at the top right a separate diminutive sketch of a tree and church spire.
For other views of Louvain in this sketchbook see Tate D28044–D28047, D28050, D28054, D28059–D28064; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 2a–3a, 5, 7, 9a–12.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2013

Powell 1991, Appendix, p.213.

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Three Distant Views of Louvain 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-three-distant-views-of-louvain-r1150323, accessed 20 January 2021.