Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of the Roman Bridge at Trier and the Buildings Adjacent to It, Looking Upstream


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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 a

Catalogue entry

In this series of views Turner shows the Roman Bridge at Trier, fortified at its base by a tower and gateway built into the circuit of the city walls. Boats are moored at the sandy riverbank, near to one of the Trier’s ancient tread-wheel cranes. In the top sketch Turner has annotated part of the Moselle with ‘warm’ and ‘cold’ at either side of a grassy islet; perhaps a note to remind him of the quality of light. At the long outer edge of the sheet are details of two of Trier’s celebrated ecclesiastical buildings: the cathedral at left and the tower of St Gangolf at right. For further sketches of the city see Tate D19725–D19736, D19738–D19743; Turner Bequest CCXVI 88a–94, 95–97a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2014

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