Joseph Mallord William Turner

Metz with a Bridge, Saint-Vincent Church and the Cathedral


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 101 × 168 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 26

Catalogue entry

With summary line, Turner renders a scene at Metz with a bridge at left leading into the city. Beyond, the profile of Saint-Vincent Church and spire of Saint-Étienne Cathedral can be seen. The single indented line drawn at the top right appears to be a tracing of the profile of rooftops and buildings.
For other representations of Metz in this sketchbook see Tate D28200, D28216, D28218–D28219, D28221, D28222, D28232–D28235; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 17a, 25a, 26a–27, 28, 28a, 34–36. There is also a gouache and watercolour drawing of the city produced on blue paper in 1839 (Tate D24757; Turner Bequest CCLIX 192). For earlier depictions of Metz see the Rivers Meuse and Moselle sketchbook of 1824 (Tate D19706, D19709, D19786; Turner Bequest CCXVI 79, 80a, 118).

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

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