Joseph Mallord William Turner

Overlapping Sketches of Trarbach and the Grevenburg Including the Church of St Nicholas and Houses and the Watch Tower


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 163 × 100 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXC 21 a

Catalogue entry

Turner has filled the entirety of this page with overlapping sketches of Trarbach and the Grevenburg, making use of all possible space by orientating the sketches at varying angles. The Church of St Nicholas (Kirchengemeinde St Nikolaus) is depicted horizontally at the right with the profile of the Grevenburg Castle represented above it. At the left are scenes of the Moselle Valley and Trarbach with local houses and the watchtower at far left.
For other sketches of Trarbach and the Grevenburg see Tate D28390–D28391, D28393–D28395, D28400–D28401; Turner Bequest CCXC 20a – 21, 22–23, 25a–26. See also the First Mossel and Oxford sketchbook of the 1839 tour (Tate D28308, D28310; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 9a, 10a). For other 1839 colour drawings see Tate D20223, D20234, D20240, D20259; Turner Bequest CCXX P, CCXXI A, G, Z).

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

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