Turner's second Meuse-Mosel tour has traditionally been dated to 1834, but a sketch in this book, showing a statue not erected until 1837, has led to its redating. Many of Turner's 1839 sketches later formed the basis of his coloured on blue . The two exhibited here clearly depict the same scene as no.61: the village of Alf and, on a hill over the Alf valley, the ruins of the strategically placed Burg Arras. The sketches are little more than memoranda and the study follows them with a degree of artistic licence, but the essential configurations of the remain both constant and close to nature.
Gallery label, August 2004