Joseph Mallord William Turner

Nine Sketches of the Moselle between Ensch and Klüsserath


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 118 × 78 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVI 101 a

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Turner used this small fat sketchbook throughout his 1824 tour when he first explored the Meuse south of Liège and the Mosel between Trier and Coblenz. Besides thousands of tiny river sketches, it contains his preparatory notes and sketch maps (see no.1), an itinerary, and the clue which establishes the year of the tour: the sketches for a painting of Dieppe exhibited in 1825. During his four days travelling by boat down the Mosel (29 August - 1 September) he drew many sketches on each page, often with very fine detail, names and notes. On these two pages he also recorded compass bearings, stimulated by the spectacular whiplash bends seen on his first day on the river.

Gallery label, September 2004

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