In this evocative drawing Turner shows the German town of Cochem at a distance. This gouache and one other (Tate D20238; Turner Bequest CCXXI E) record two successive visions of Cochem ‘seen by travellers leaving the town for Coblenz’.1 Where CCXXI E offers a more comprehensive view of the topography, here Turner’s interest is in recreating the fleeting effects of light and climatic atmosphere. It is, in this sense, a more impressionistic drawing. Turner captures to brilliant effect the fall of light on the surface of the river, the diffusion of light in cloud, and the shimmering glow of light radiating from the sun.
Powell 1995, p.136 no.56.
There has been some fading and discolouration of the pigment and support due to exposure to sunlight following the picture’s exhibition.
Inscribed in pencil ‘CCLIX 158’ at bottom right.