Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Steamer and Passengers at a Pier: ?Ehrenbreitstein from Coblenz


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Watercolour, gouache and pen on paper
Support: 243 × 343 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 284

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Turner often used the Rhine as his route to Switzerland. On his journey in 1841 he made numerous watercolours of the fortress of Ehrenbreitstein as seen from Coblenz. Ruskin stated his reasons for selecting no.6: 'I have framed this sketch chiefly for the sake of its curious composition; the boat with the large sails, behind the chimney of the steamer, giving massiveness to the group; - next, as an instance of the delight which Turner used to take in smoke of steamers, here seen under warm light; lastly, because of its interesting indications of figures.'

Gallery label, August 2004

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