Joseph Mallord William Turner

Moselweiss, Looking Downstream

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 × 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28599
Turner Bequest CCXCI 32 a

Catalogue entry

This slight and swiftly rendered sketch shows the village of Moselweiss (or ‘Moselwilz’ as Turner has inscribed). It is neighbour to Güls and the city of Koblenz. Quin writes that the village is fabled to have been ‘the place where Agrippina gave birth to Caligula’.1

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

1
Michael Joseph Quin, Steam voyages on the Seine, the Moselle, & the Rhine, London 1843, p.75.

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