Joseph Mallord William Turner

Boats Moored at the River’s Edge at Zell, Men Mending Nets; Zell, Looking Upstream; Kaimt; Merl, Looking Upstream; Zell, Looking Upstream


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 118 × 78 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVI 114

Catalogue entry

This busy page of sketches shows various views of Zell on the Moselle (see Tate D19775; Turner Bequest CCXVI 113a), Kaimt on the opposite side of the river, and Merl, situated a little further downstream from Zell and Kaimt. In the uppermost sketch Turner records figures, fishermen, mooring their boats and mending their nets on the riverfront at Zell. Below, is a view of the town itself with the Church of Saints Peter and Paul and the Pulverturm, a defensive tower, in the background. Kaimt, misspelt ‘Kum’ by Turner, is swiftly jotted in at centre right. The neighbouring village of Merl (see Tate D19779; Turner Bequest CCXVI 114a) is depicted above a final sketch of Zell at rear where the artist has made note of the lush vines growing up the valley hillsides.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2014

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