Joseph Mallord William Turner

Alken and Burg Thurandt from the South

c.1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 139 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D29023
Turner Bequest CCXCII 72

Display caption

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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