Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coblenz from Ehrenbreitstein

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 x 163 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28439
Turner Bequest CCXC 45

Catalogue entry

In this swiftly rendered sketch Turner records the town of Koblenz from the fortress of Ehrenbreitstein, the angular projection of its curtain wall visible in the foreground.
For other drawings of Ehrenbreitstein and Koblenz in this sketchbook see Tate D28351D28353, D28356, D28437, D28438, D28440–D28447, D28530–D28533; Turner Bequest CCXC 1–2, 3a, 44, 44a, 45a–49, 88–89a. See also Enhrenbreitstein in depicted in two other sketchbooks belonging to the 1839 tour: the First Mossel and Oxford (Tate D28297, D28301, D28306, D28316, D28317; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 4, 6, 7, 8a, 13a, 14) and the Cochem to Coblenz – Home (Tate D28603, D28605–D28607; Turner Bequest CCXCI 34a, 35a–36a).

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

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