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In this drawing, the picturesque Moselle village of Klotten is represented in brilliant bold colour. Klotten’s principal landmarks, the spired Church of Saint-Maximin and the ruins of the medieval Burg Coraidelstein are left in ‘negative’, unpainted by Turner and instead simply outlined with vivid red ink and a luminescent, almost fluorescent, coral pink gouache. This technique is used again to render the row of houses and buildings lining the waterfront. In that instance, Turner has smudged the pink gouache at the base of the buildings, which gives the impression of their forms reflecting iridescently on the mirror surface of the river.
The conical mount atop which Coraidelstein Castle is perched is coloured in opaque shades of gold, citrine and maize yellow. Broad applications of rust, mauve and pale indigo pigment mark out the surrounding peaks, their pits, crags and striations penned in with hairline strokes of red ink. As the watercolour wash has mottled some of the blue paper beneath is left exposed, giving an impression of the uneven texture of rock.
Stamped in black ink with Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCXXI D’ at bottom centre; inscribed in pencil ‘CCXXI D’ bottom centre and ‘14a’ at centre towards top and ‘