Joseph Mallord William Turner

Four Moselle Views ?possibly Breidel

1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 163 × 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28381
Turner Bequest CCXC 16

Catalogue entry

Rendered with rough and gestural handling in blunt pencil, these landscape sketches are likely to depict locations on the Moselle or Rhine Rivers. The inverted drawing of a spired church has an inscription next to it which Cecilia Powell suggests could read ‘Brilil’, an approximation of ‘Briedel’.1 There is a spired church depicted very basically in profile on the following folio (Tate D28382; Turner Bequest CCXC 16 a) and next to which Turner has inscribed ‘Bridel’. This may be the same church represented on the present folio.

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

1
Powell 1991, Appendix p.221

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