Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of Metz


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 101 × 168 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 28 a

Catalogue entry

Employing agile line, Turner has produced a view of Metz from the surrounding hillsides. The profile of St Stephen’s Cathedral is visible at the left, outlined and shaded with hatching. A serpentine line is before it, suggesting the trajectory of either the Moselle or Seille Rivers which converge at Metz.
For other representations of Metz in this sketchbook see Tate D28200, D28216–D28219, D28221, D28232–D28235; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 17a, 25a–27, 28, 34–36. There is also a gouache and watercolour drawing of the city produced on blue paper in 1839 (Tate D24757; Turner Bequest CCLIX 192). For earlier depictions of Metz see the Rivers Meuse and Moselle sketchbook of 1824 (Tate D19706, D19709, D19786; Turner Bequest CCXVI 79, 80a, 118).

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

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