Joseph Mallord William Turner The Pont du Château and the Bock, Luxembourg c.1839

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The Pont du Château and the Bock, Luxembourg
Date c.1839
Medium Gouache, pen and ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 140 x 190 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXI P
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As a result of his travels in 1839 Turner painted a series of over a hundred small gouache scenes, not only of the Meuse and Mosel but also of other notable sights in Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. These were not drawn on the spot, directly from nature, but at Turner’s leisure, based on the pencil sketches gathered in his sketchbooks. They were executed on small pieces of blue paper, about the size shown here (roughly 14 x 19 cm), which he created by folding large sheets and then tearing or cutting them into sixteen.

September 2004

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