Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cochem from the South


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Support: 140 × 189 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXCII 39

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Cochem was - and remains - the largest town on the Mosel between Trier and Coblenz, with two ruined castles and many ancient buildings, towers and walls. Turner gave it very close attention, painting the town from several different directions (nos.63, 66-68) and - a rarity among his gouache studies - a pair of vertical scenes focusing on particularly picturesque ensembles (nos.64-65). Many of the same colours are used throughout the group, but Turner's handling of them is as varied as his viewpoints, the delicacy of no.67 and the economy of no.68 being especially noteworthy.

Gallery label, August 2004

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