Joseph Mallord William Turner
On the Mosel 1839

Artwork details

On the Mosel
Date 1839
Medium Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 185 x 233 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 249
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It is possible that the colour studies from this group of works represent a rare example of Turner colouring in the open air. Unlike his views of the Meuse and Mosel on blue paper, which were painted later from pencil sketches, this group of studies on dark blue paper were made in the course of the tour. Turner  may have sat in a small boat in mid-river, so that he could sketch at ease, without any interruptions from onlookers.

September 2004

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