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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View of Liège; Distant View of Huy, Looking Upstream from the Hillside to the North 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 50 Recto:
View of Liège; Distant View of Huy, Looking Upstream from the Hillside to the North 1839
D28136
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 50
Pencil on white wove writing paper, 154 x 94 mm
Watermarked ‘John F[ellows]’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘350’ bottom right and ‘50’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXXVII–50’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The markings at the uppermost register are a continuation of those on the folio opposite (Tate D28135; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 49a). Below is a view of the city of Liège, incorporating the quayside with boats on the left, the dome of St Andrew’s Church, the Maison Curtius and a number of spired buildings, the latter possibly suggestive of the twin spires of St Bartholomew’s Church. The composition is similar to the view of Liège produced by Turner in gouache, pen and ink and watercolour on blue paper (Tate D24664; Turner Bequest CCLIX 99). The rough drawing on the lower register is of Huy, looking up the Meuse from the surrounding hillsides to the north.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘View of Liège; Distant View of Huy, Looking Upstream from the Hillside to the North 1839 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 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-view-of-liege-distant-view-of-huy-looking-upstream-from-the-r1150410, accessed 18 April 2021.