Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Bock, Luxembourg, and St John’s Church, from the South-West

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 x 168 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28276
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 61 a

Display caption

In this sketchbook Turner was chiefly concerned with the great towns of the upper Meuse and adjacent areas, showing their vast and complicated fortifications either situated on rocky cliffs (as at Givet) or constructed between whip-lash meanders (as at Mézières on the Meuse and Metz on the Moselle). Luxembourg was the largest town recorded, with the most complex sequence of citadels, fortifications and valleys. Turner's viewpoint for both the sketches on ff.61v-62r was the Alzette valley immediately beneath the Pont du Château, looking north-eastwards towards the cliff-like Rocher du Bock and, further away, the four great fortified towers on the Rham.

Gallery label, August 1991

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Catalogue entry

Taken from a south-westerly perspective, this rough sketch depicts the fortified Rocher du Bock at left and the Church of Saint-Jean-du-Grund, with its sharply tapering spire, in the foreground.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

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