As a result of his travels in 1839 Turner painted a series of over a hundred small scenes, not only of the Meuse and Mosel but also of other notable sights in Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. These were not drawn on the spot, directly from nature, but at Turner’s leisure, based on the sketches gathered in his sketchbooks. They were executed on small pieces of blue , about the size shown here (roughly
14 x 19 cm), which he created by folding large sheets and then tearing or cutting them into sixteen.
Gallery label, September 2004
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