Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Pont du Château and the Bock, Luxembourg


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Gouache, pen and ink and watercolour on paper
Support: 140 × 190 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXI P

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As a result of his travels in 1839 Turner painted a series of over a hundred small gouache 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 pencil sketches gathered in his sketchbooks. They were executed on small pieces of blue paper, 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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