Here Turner has recorded a view of the Moselle valley, including a barge laden with cargo and crew. The tower in the background has led Cecilia Powell to identify the location as Schweich and the structure as the town’s medieval Fährturm or Ferry Tower which acted as a harbour for the local ferry service running from Trier to Koblenz.1 See also Tate D28346; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 28 a.
Parallel to the short edge of the sketchbook is a view of a town on the banks of the Moselle. Though Turner has inscribed ‘Berncastle’ above the drawing Powell writes that Bernkastel-Kues is not its subject.2
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