Joseph Mallord William Turner

Forts at Coblenz; Church

1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 100 x 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28604
Turner Bequest CCXCI 35

Catalogue entry

Running parallel to the gutter of the sketchbook, Turner has made two swift linear jottings of forts at Koblenz. Orientated inversely to these is a sketch of a church which is annotated with the inscriptions ‘Red ?B’ and what appears to read ‘St Sebastian’. There is a possibility, given the basic similarities in architecture, that Turner might here be representing the Parish Church of St Michael and St Sebastian at Bernkastel-Kues, a village on the Moselle located near Trier.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

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