Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cond and Cochem, Looking Upstream


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In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 100 × 156 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXCI 3 a

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In 1839 Turner drew more pencil sketches of Cochem than of anywhere else on the Mosel and it inspired no less than seven gouache 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 baroque 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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