Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Rham and the Bock, Luxembourg, from the Fetschenhof

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: 101 × 168 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28267
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 57

Catalogue entry

This pencil sketch of Luxembourg City is believed to be preparatory material for the gouache, pen and ink and watercolour drawing of the same subject on blue paper (Musée de l’État, Luxembourg).1 Turner’s viewpoint, the Fetschenhof, affords a more comprehensive prospect and includes the Rham with the French military engineer Vauban’s fortifications on the left, the Grünewald and the Bock.
For other sketches of Luxembourg in this book see Tate D28228–D28231, D28266, D28268–D28288; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 32a–34, 56a, 57a–67a. See also the earlier Rivers Meuse and Moselle sketchbook of 1824 (Tate D19712, D19714; Turner Bequest CCXVI 82, 83).

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.421 no.1020.

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