In 1839 Turner drew more sketches of Cochem than of anywhere else on the Mosel and it inspired no less than seven studies of which six are exhibited here (nos.63-8). The sketch on f.3v shows the view upstream towards the castle on its hill and includes St Martin's church and a former monastery above it on the hillside. That on f.4r shows these two buildings again, but from a corner of the market square, looking towards the town hall. The square is curiously deserted and one can only conclude that Turner sketched it on a solitary walk soon after daybreak.
Gallery label, August 2004
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