Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Sailing Boat with a Canopy; ?Grevenburg Castle

1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 100 × 163 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28389
Turner Bequest CCXC 20

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook orientated horizontally, Turner has used half of the page to record a canopied sailing boat on the Moselle next to which is inscribed ‘a/a Trarbach’. This may signify ‘after’ or ‘above’ Trarbach according to Cecilia Powell.1 The other half of the page shows a precipice with a towered building, perhaps the keep of the ruined Castle of Grevenburg at Traben-Trarbach which is pictured on the following folio (Tate D28390; Turner Bequest CCXC 20a).

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

1
Powell 1991, Appendix p.221.

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