Joseph Mallord William Turner

Fortifications on Hill ?Ehrenbreitstein

1824

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 78 x 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D19880
Turner Bequest CCXVI 163

Catalogue entry

This rather scrappy and rapidly executed sketch shows a ridge with fortifications atop it and possibly a bridge or bridge of boats to its left. This sketch is part of a short series of jottings which are all of a piece in terms of handling and subject matter (see Tate D19876–D19879, D19882; Turner Bequest CCXVI 161–162a, 165). Cecilia Powell believes these sketches to have been taken as Turner made his way by canal boat from Ghent through Bruges to Ostend.1 The topography and form of the fortification, however, do not appear Flemish to this cataloguer; rather, they appear reminiscent of the fortress of Ehrenbreitstein at Koblenz, a citadel overlooking the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine Rivers in Germany.
1
Powell 1991, p.43 note 32 [p.60]
Verso:
Blank

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

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