Looking beyond the bridge over the Alzette River and the the French military engineer Vauban’s towers (visible in the foreground), Turner’s rough sketch of Luxembourg depicts the Grünewald at left, the Bock and the city at right with its manifold buildings, churches and fortifications. This sketch and others (Tate D28281, D28283–D28287; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 64, 65–67) formed the basis of a gouache and watercolour drawing taken on blue paper in around 1839.1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.421 no.1022.
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