Joseph Mallord William Turner

Stormy Sky; The Rhine Front at Koblenz, Looking Downstream; The Landing Stage on the Rhine Front at Koblenz Looking Upstream

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
D19837
Turner Bequest CCXVI 143 a

Catalogue entry

This sheet is filled with a variety of cursory sketches of the Rhine at Koblenz. The uppermost jotting depicts a turbulent sky hanging heavily above a steeply gabled building. The central sketch shows two figures next to some steps leading down to the river; the twin Rhenish-helm towers of the Basilica of St Kastor can be seen in the middle distance and the spires of the Florinskirche beyond. The rear view shows a huddle of boats and barges moored at a landing stage on the Rhine. Cargo is collected in piles on the quayside. Turner has inscribed ‘Square Pack with Smooth Corn’ (possibly ‘corners’) at bottom right. The Alte Krahnen, a medieval tread-wheel crane, can be seen in the distance.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

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