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 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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