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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View in Liège, with a Barge 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 21 Recto:
View in Liège, with a Barge 1824
Turner Bequest CCXVI 21
Pencil on white wove paper, 78 x 118 mm
Inscribed in blue ink by Ruskin ‘21’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CCXVI–21’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner arrived at the Belgian city of Liège on 13 August. Drawing from the banks of the Meuse, he records a river barge laden with cargo and manned by two sailors. In the background the striking onion dome of St Andrew’s Church can be seen at left. Turner pictured the city elsewhere in this sketchbook (Tate D19598, D19636–D19638, D20061–D20064; Turner Bequest CCXVI 24, 43a–44a, 260a–262) and in the Huy and Dinant sketchbook of 1824 (Tate D20095–D20099, D20105; Turner Bequest Turner Bequest CCXVII 8–10, 13). See also Turner’s 1825 panoramic study of the churches of Liège (Tate D19446–D19447; Turner Bequest CCXV 25a–26) and his later studies from the 1839 tour (Tate D28066, D28070–D28074, D28076; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 13, 15–17).

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2014

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘View in Liège, with a Barge 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 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-view-in-liege-with-a-barge-r1174380, accessed 24 November 2020.