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Here Turner shows the flourishing industrial town of Quint, situated on the banks of the Moselle. The view is based on preliminary pencil sketches in the Trèves to Cochem and Coblenz to Mayence sketchbook (Tate D28419; Turner Bequest CCXC 35). Quint gained its name from its situation as ‘the fifth milestone on the Roman road from Trier to Andernach’, according to Cecilia Powell.1
Two vividly striated cliffs frame the town in Turner’s picture, the rocks here streaked with rust, amber and terracotta gouache and red ink. The ‘lofty chimneys’ of Quint’s forges can be seen belching out smoke in the valley: the town’s chief industry at the time of Turner’s visit was the ‘smelting of iron ore’ which abounded ‘in the neighbouring mountains’.2 Long barges are moored at the river’s edge awaiting their cargo.
Stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCLIX–258’ bottom left; inscribed in pencil ‘?25’ centre and ‘CCLIX 258’ bottom right.