Unlike the gouache studies in this room, nos.128-134 were executed in the course of one of Turner's tours when he must have stayed in a hotel on the Rhine front at Coblenz looking out at Ehrenbreitstein. Under the setting sun the fortress and river assumed an ever-changing succession of colours which he recorded in swift watercolour washes and bold flourishes of pen and ink, folding and tearing his paper hastily as he went along. In no.128 his viewpoint is downstream of the bridge of boats, but the latter is visible in all the other scenes, sometimes with a few boats moved aside to allow the passage of a raft or steamer.
Gallery label, August 2004
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