Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Confluence at Namur: Moonlight


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Gouache, pen and ink and watercolour on paper
Support: 142 × 191 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIX 151

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In 1838, Clarkson Stanfield published his Sketches on the Moselle, the Rhine and the Meuse. This book, with its thirty large lithographs of Belgium and Germany, made Turner long to revisit these countries. He therefore made a second tour of the Meuse and Mosel, following a route similar to that taken on his first tour in 1824, but studying the rivers and their neighbourhoods far more closely than he had done earlier. Had all these gouache scenes been engraved and published, they would have probably been a great success, but sadly this never happened.

Gallery label, August 2004

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