Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ruins at Trier; The Cathedral, Trier

1824

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 × 78 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D19741
Turner Bequest CCXVI 96 a

Catalogue entry

At the upper and lowermost registers Turner pictures two of Trier’s ancient Roman ruins: the Kaiserthermen or Imperial Baths (see D19739–D19740; Turner Bequest CCXVI 95a–96) and at rear, orientated inversely relative to the foliation, the Porta Nigra viewed from a distance (see also Tate D20142, D20230, D28431; Turner Bequest CCXVII 4, CCXX W, CCXC 41). At centre is the profile of the towers and spires of the cathedral and the Liebfrauenkirche, with the Church of St Paulinus in the background. For further sketches of the city see Tate D19725–D19738, D19741–D19743; Turner Bequest CCXVI 88a–95, 96a–97a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2014

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