Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cologne from the Rhine (in Several Instalments)


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 229 × 327 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLI 6 a

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This 'roll' sketchbook in grey paper covers is typical of those used towards the end of Turner's life and, thanks to its watermarked pages, it can be firmly linked with his last major tour, which took him to Switzerland in 1844. The book is largely devoted to rapid pencil sketches of castles, but it also contains a handful of watercolour studies which show that Turner was just as much excited by the sublimity and grandeur of the Rhine on his last visit there as he had been on his first, more than a quarter of a century earlier.

Gallery label, August 2004

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