In both nos. 75 and 76 Turner has depicted Alken with a fair degree of artistic licence, but there can be no mistaking the twin towers of Burg Thurandt in no.75 or the thirteenth-century church of St Michael in no.76. In both scenes he has introduced the large rocks which abound on this stretch of the Mosel, while in the left-hand part of no.76 he has also provided a graphic illustration of the steep hillside next to the town up which he himself had toiled in order to achieve good viewpoints.
Gallery label, August 1991
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