Joseph Mallord William Turner

Overlapping Sketches of Luxembourg

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: 101 × 168 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28279
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 63

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has drawn over light pencil sketches of fortifications at Luxembourg (possibly the castle on the Rocher du Bock) with an array of almost indecipherable markings in darker, blunt pencil. The handling is abbreviated, angular, jagged and in some parts comprised of rather haphazard repeated forms such as curled, coiling or zigzagged lines.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

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