Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Pair of Ferry-Towers on the Moselle at, and opposite to, Schweich with the Ferry in Mid-River; Distant Hills

1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 140 × 235 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28346
Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 28 a

Catalogue entry

Running parallel to the long top outer-edge of the sketchbook is a very rough and loosely rendered view of hills in the Moselle valley. Beneath it, and orientated inversely, are two towers situated at and opposite to the village of Schweich. These are medieval Fährturme or Ferry Towers used as a form of harbour for the local ferry service which ran from Trier to Koblenz.1 See also Tate D28335; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 23.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

1
Cecilia Powell, Turner’s Rivers of Europe: The Rhine, Meuse and Mosel, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1991, Appendix p.219

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