In this work Turner portrays the inhabitants and visitors of the resort town of Spa, Belgium enjoying a stroll. The sense of leisure on a warm evening is subtly conveyed by the washes of pale blue, yellow and muted brown. The tall elms, depicted in long strokes of watercolour and fine pen brings a sense of elegance and grandeur.
Joseph Mallord William Turner
The ‘Promenade de Sept-Heures’ at Spa, From Meuse-Moselle Gouache and Watercolour Drawings
14 x 18.9 cm
Date of work
Gouache, pen and ink and watercolour on paper 14 x 18.9 cm
Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in London; he remained a Londoner and kept a Cockney accent all his life despite dominating British landscape painting throughout the first half of the 19th century. He established a reputation in the Royal Academy, first as a topographical watercolourist and then within a few years as a painter of sublime and historical landscapes. From the mid-1790s he settled on the routine he maintained for much of his life: touring in summer and working in the studio in the winter months. He opened his own gallery and had many patrons and admirers as well as detractors. After his death a large body of his works in oil and watercolour was given to the British nation, with many on show at Tate Britain.