Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Kues; Klotten and Burg Coraidelstein, Looking Upstream

1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 235 × 140 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28344
Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 27 a

Catalogue entry

The uppermost sketch may be a swift jotting of Kues, a village which lies on the opposite bank of the Moselle to Bernkastel.1 If this approximation is correct, the large building adjacent to the church is the late Gothic St Nikolaus Hospital (Cusanusstift) which was founded by Nicholas of Cusa in 1458. 2 The sketch below shows Klotten, with the Burg Coraidelstein atop the mount to the right (see also Tate D28294, D28309; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 2a, 10). Turner has annotated the drawing ‘Below Coch’, i.e. Cochem.
For further views of Klotten see the Cochem to Coblenz – Home sketchbook (Tate D28550–D28553; Turner Bequest CCXCI 7a–9). For the 1839 gouache drawings see Tate D20237, D28967; Turner Bequest CCXXI D, CCXCII 78.
The rough and swiftly rendered sketch of trees and foliage appear to be a continuation of the view of Oxford on the folio opposite (Tate D28345; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 28).

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

1
Cecilia Powell, Turner’s Rivers of Europe: The Rhine, Meuse and Mosel, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1991, Appendix p.220
2
‘Der Stifter’, St Nikolaus-Hospital/Cusanusstift, http://www.cusanus.de/cms/front_content.php?idcat=44, accessed 14 August 2013.

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