Although Finberg correctly described this as a view of a ‘Town, with ruined castle, on Moselle’,1 the specific subject was first published by Cecilia Powell.2 Cochem is seen to the south up a gently curving reach of the Mosel, overlooked by the ruins of the Burg (since elaborately restored and known as the Reichsburg). A main road and railway now run along the right bank, and a road bridge crosses in the middle distance.
Powell has observed that Turner’s ‘distance from the town is similar to that in two of his 1839 gouache views of Cochem [Tate D20238, D24723; Turner Bequest CCXXI E, CCLIX 158] and, as in that series, the hill on the right of the scene stands in dramatic contrast to the distant town. In 1839 a fiery red was used [in D24723], in 1840 a sombre black.’3
For numerous contemporary studies of Cochem see under D28950 (Turner Bequest CCXCII 3); for the full range of Mosel subjects associated with the present tour, see the Introduction to this subsection.
Cecilia Powell has noted this as one of the many sheets of grey 1829 Bally, Ellen and Steart paper used on Turner’s 1840 tour, neatly torn as eighths or sixteenths of the overall sheet, with dimensions of around 190 x 280 or 140 x 190 mm, and variously worked with pencil, watercolour and gouache; see the technical notes in the overall Introduction for others.1
See Powell 1995, p.145.
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