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Produced with the sketchbook turned upside down, Turner has rendered three picturesque views of Trarbach looking upstream. Each features the spired Church of St Nicholas and the ruined Grevenburg Castle atop the precipice on the right.
For other sketches of Trarbach and the Grevenburg see Tate D28390–D28393, D28395, D28400–D28401; Turner Bequest CCXC 20a – 22, 23, 25a–26. See also the First Mossel and Oxford sketchbook of the 1839 tour (Tate D28308, D28310; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 9a, 10a). For other 1839 colour drawings see Tate D20223, D20234, D20240, D20259, D20275; Turner Bequest CCXX P, CCXXI A, G, Z, CCXXII P).