Joseph Mallord William Turner

Alf, with Burg Arras in the Distance; Kloster Stuben and its Environs; Eller

1839

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 163 x 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28374
Turner Bequest CCXC 12 a

Catalogue entry

The sketch at the uppermost register depicts Alf with the Burg Arras in the distance. It is similar to the previous two sketches of Alf (Tate D28372, D28373; Turner Bequest CCXC 11 a, 12) which formed the basis of a gouache, watercolour and pen and ink drawing of c.1839 (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford).1 Turner has annotated the drawing with ‘Alf’ and ‘Arras’. Below are sketches of Kloster Stuben, the monastery at Stuben, and Eller, a town upstream from Nehren and Senheim. These have also been inscribed by Turner: ‘Stuben’, ‘Eller’ and an indecipherable note which transcribes as ‘[?Capel Pohe... Brut...]’.

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.421 no.1023.

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