This view of Luxembourg from the Bourbon plateau was produced from ‘a fusion of memory and imagination’, according to Cecilia Powell.1 The foreground, for example, features an invented fortification with openings to a warren of underground tunnels.2 The topography beyond incorporates the city’s fortified Bock and Rham plateaux with the citadel of Saint-Esprit.
In contrast to Tate D20284; Turner Bequest CCXXII Y, the viewpoint here is much closer to the city. The palette employed to render both drawings is similar, however, both being comprised of muted, earthy tones of green, ochre and mauve.
Stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCXXII–E’ at bottom left; inscribed in pencil ‘CCXXII E’ at bottom right.
- Rham Plateau(11)