Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Bock, Luxembourg


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Gouache, pen and ink and watercolour on paper
Support: 139 × 189 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXII N

Catalogue entry

In this gouache of Luxembourg Turner pictures the Bock, one of three fortified plateaux which dominate the city. The view is taken from a high vantage point to the east of Luxembourg and is similar to Tate D20285; Turner Bequest CCXXII Z. The Bock promontory is depicted running diagonally across the page. Turner derived the composition of this work from pencil sketches in the Givet, Mézières, Verdun, Metz, Luxemburg and Trèves sketchbook of 1839 (Tate D28267–D28269, D28272, D28273; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 57–58, 59a, 60).
For other of Turner’s 1839 gouaches of Luxembourg see Tate D20244–D20249, D20264, D20270, D20272, D20284, N05240; Turner Bequest CCXXI K–CCXXI P, CCXXII E, CCXXII K, CCXXII M, CCXXII Y.
Inscribed in pencil ‘27a’ top centre towards right; stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCXXII–N’ bottom left; inscribed in pencil ‘CCXXII N’ bottom right.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2013

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