Joseph Mallord William Turner

On the Moselle near Pallien; Trier from the Riverbank beneath Pallien; View of Pallien and Trier; Two Figures Carrying Jugs


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 78 × 118 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVI 94

Catalogue entry

This page is filled with a series of diminutive yet carefully rendered sketches recording aspects of Trier and Pallien. Parallel to the gutter of the book Turner has drawn a view of the Moselle with Pallien at right; the artist has also inscribed a note below the curving bank of the river which appears to read ‘Loading [Cart or Corn]’. The following sketch, extending across the entire page, shows Trier at left, and includes the city’s principal ecclesiastical buildings (the cathedral, the Liebfrauenkirche, and St Gangolf’s Church), a tread-wheel crane and finally the Roman Bridge. Along the outer edge of the page are two further sketches: one squared-off view showing Pallien and Trier and a detail of two female figures carrying jugs, dressed in long tunics and hats. Turner annotates this jotting ‘Blue’ and ‘Red’, most probably referring to the colours of the figures’ clothing. For further sketches of Trier and Pallien see Tate D19725–D19735, D19737–D19743; Turner Bequest CCXVI 88a–93a, 94a–97a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2014

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