Joseph Mallord William Turner

Kobern, Looking Downstream from the Hillside


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 100 × 156 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXCI 28 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch shows the Moselle village of Kobern, taken from a vantage point on the hillside looking downstream. The lofty donjon tower of the Niederburg (the lower castle) is seen in profile atop a conical mount. Behind it, in the distance, is the Oberburg (the upper castle) and the chapel of St Matthew. Towards the town itself, built into the steep gradient of a cliff, is Romanesque bell tower or Glockenturm. The view shown is similar to Tate D28594; Turner Bequest CCXCI 30.
There is a gouache and watercolour drawing of Kobern from the South (Tate D20271; Turner Bequest CCXXII L) produced in the winter of 1839. Kobern is also recorded in the First Mossel and Oxford sketchbook (Tate D28300–D28301; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 5a–6) and the earlier Rivers Meuse and Moselle sketchbook of 1824 (Tate D19812D19815; Turner Bequest CCXVI 131–132a).

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

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