In this sketch Turner stands among worshippers gathered inside Trier’s St Peter’s Cathedral, drawing as much of its vast architecture and interior as he can fit onto a page of such diminutive dimensions. Turner’s view includes the lower reaches of the Cathedral’s vertiginous piers, some embellished with Baroque sculpture, which rise loftily into arched vaulted ceilings. A smaller yet similar view is shown on Tate D19740; Turner Bequest CCXVI 96.
The artist inscribes ‘Domo’ at top right, a misspelling of the Italian ‘Duomo’ or the German ‘Dom’, both meaning cathedral. Originally Turner had written ‘Notredame’, before correcting his inscription to ‘Domo’. Notre Dame (Our Lady) refers to the Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) which stands directly adjacent to the cathedral.