Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mainz, Looking Downstream; Separate Sketches of the Bridge of Boats at Kastel, Houses, Boats

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: 100 × 163 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28491
Turner Bequest CCXC 71

Catalogue entry

Turner pictures Mainz at centre, a view taken from downstream on the Rhine. The Cathedral of St Martin, the dome of Saint Stephen’s and the spire of Saint Peter’s Church are all in view. Above and below the prospect of Mainz are separate sketches of houses and boats, Turner inscribing the words ‘Flusbad’ (‘river pool’) and ‘white moles’ (a type of pier or jetty usually constructed of stone) around them. The jotting at the upper register also inscribed ‘moles’ is a continuation of the pontoon bridge depicted on Tate D28489; Turner Bequest CCXC 70.

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

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