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This is a similar view of Trier to Tate D20146; Turner Bequest CCXVIII 8, but here Turner has sketched from further downstream on the banks of the Moselle at Pallien. The artist was clearly moved by the scene before him to create such a dynamic drawing: vigorous and textural in handling and richly chromatic. Verdant trees and tangled shrubbery frame a view of the ancient Römerbrücke, the vegetation rendered with fern, dark olive, umber and rust pigments in immediate, gestural brush-strokes. A vast sky streaked with fast-moving cirrus completes the view, a compliment to the textured greenery below and a further embodiment of nature’s vitality.
Turner drew similar scenes of Trier from Pallien in this sketchbook on Tate D20149, D20151; Turner Bequest CCXVIII 11, 13. See also the Rivers Meuse and Moselle sketchbook of 1824 (Tate D19729, D19733–D19738; Turner Bequest CCXVI 90a, 92a–95) and the later watercolour and gouache drawing of 1839 (Tate D24715; Turner Bequest CCLIX 150).