Joseph Mallord William Turner

On the Mosel

1839

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 185 x 233 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36095
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 249

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, September 2004

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