Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Bock, Luxembourg, with the Grünewald in the Distance


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 101 × 168 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 57 a

Catalogue entry

Taken together, this sketch and that on folio 58 verso (Tate D28270; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 58 a) form one panoramic view of the west and the north of Luxembourg City. Turner drew this prospect from a high vantage point to east of the Porte de Trèves. The sketches are the basis for a gouache, pen and ink and watercolour drawing on blue paper of the Bock and the Rham plateau looking over the Alzette valley (Tate D20246; Turner Bequest CCXXI M). The Rocher du Bock, the city’s third great fortified rock, is the focus of the present drawing, pictured diagonally across the pager. For further colour drawings of the Bock see also Tate D20273, D20285; Turner Bequest CCXXII N, Z.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

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