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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Three Meuse Views from Mid-Stream 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 29 Verso:
Three Meuse Views from Mid-Stream 1824
Turner Bequest CCXVI 29 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 78 x 118 mm
Watermark ‘smith & [allnut] | 18[22]’
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Corn’ towards top right; ‘Horses again cross the E[...] River bottom centre towards right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
These three views of the Meuse were taken by Turner as his boat navigated the river from mid-stream. The artist has made note of the crop of ‘corn’ growing up the slopes of the valley and, in the central sketch, he depicts boatmen sailing vessels which appear to be fitted with the same equipment as shown in Tate D19608; Turner Bequest CCXVI 29. Turner also records that the horses towing his boat were obliged to swim across the river, as they had been forced to do earlier on in his journey (see Tate D19607; Turner Bequest CCXVI 28a).1

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2014

See Powell 1991, p.40.

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Three Meuse Views from Mid-Stream 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 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-three-meuse-views-from-mid-stream-r1174397, accessed 16 January 2021.