Joseph Mallord William TurnerCologne, the Arrival of a Packet Boat, Evening exhibited 1826

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Cologne, the Arrival of a Packet Boat, Evening
Date exhibited 1826
MediumOil and watercolour on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1686 x 2241 mm
Collection
Turner Worldwide
Reference
TW1208
Butlin & Joll 232

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The composition is based on sketches Turner made while touring the Rhine in 1817 and again in 1825. Among the discernible structures are, from the foreground back: the Kostgassepforte gate before the Frankenturm; the sixteenth-century Bollwerk and the archway over the entrance to the Zollstrasse; the Stapelhaus; and the church of Gross St. Martin. Turner achieved the high-keyed color and transparency of watercolor painting in this monumental canvas, and it is possible that he did combine the media of oil and watercolor, as suggested in a letter in which he warned his father: “you must not by any means wet it, for all the colour will come off… (read more)

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