Joseph Mallord William Turner

Five Sketches of the Moselle near Trier


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 118 × 78 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVI 98

Catalogue entry

Here Turner records a series of five Moselle views as he journeyed away from Trier in the direction of Pfalzel on 29 August 1824. The uppermost sketch is inscribed ‘St Mary Martyr’ and depicts one of the four Benedictine abbeys located near Trier. The nineteenth-century travel writer Alois Schreiber writes that the ‘convent of Marie aux Martyrs... is built on the spot where the castle of the prefects of the palace of Gaul stood, and where many Christians suffered martyrdom’.1 The convent is shown again on Tate D20082; Turner Bequest CCXVI 271a. The remaining sketches show scenes on the Moselle near Pfalzel and Ruwer (see Tate D19745; Turner Bequest CCXVI 98a).

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2014

Alois Wilhelm Schreiber, The travellers’ guide down the Rhine: exhibiting the course of that river from Schaffhausen to Holland, and describing the Moselle from Coblentz to Treves with an account of the cities, towns, villages, prospects, etc, London 1825, p.192.

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