Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Moselle from the Hillside at Pallien, Looking Upstream with the Roman Bridge in the Distance and Trier Hidden behind the Trees on the Left

1824

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite, watercolour, gouache and chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 220 x 291 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20148
Turner Bequest CCXVIII 10

Display caption

This sketchbook and another used on the Mosel in 1824 were the first ones with soft covers Turner took on a foreign tour. In these he made his more ambitious sketches in the towns where he stopped, sometimes finishing his work in colour. In both sketchbooks he prepared the pages with a grey wash so that his coloured drawings show a strong continuity, in technique as well as vision, with his depictions of the Rhine in 1817. In this distant view of Trier from across the Mosel Turner contrasts the vivid energy of nature - clouds and cliffs, trees and bushes - with the stability of Germany's oldest city, lying placidly at the centre.

Gallery label, September 2004

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