Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Fortress and Town of Ehrenbreitstein from Coblenz; Beilstein and Burg Metternich, Looking Upstream: from Fankel and from slightly further Downstream


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 140 × 235 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 6 a

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'First Mossel and Oxford' was Turner's own name for this sketchbook which he had already half-used before taking it to Germany in 1839. His portrait of Ehrenbreitstein is the largest and most complex sketch of all those drawn on this tour. It provides the greatest possible contrast to the remainder of the German ones in this sketchbook, mostly similar to the very quick records seen at the edge of f.6v which Turner made from a boat on the Mosel which was carrying him downstream from Beilstein.

Gallery label, August 2004

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