Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Rham and the Bock, Luxembourg, from the Fetschenhof

1839

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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
D28269
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 58

Catalogue entry

This sketch depicts two of Luxembourg City’s fortified plateaux: the Rham and the Bock, from the Fetschenhof, a vantage point which afforded Turner an extensive view of the City’s topography. There is another small sketch of a ridge sloping diagonally towards the river valley at the lower register, running parallel to the gutter of the sketchbook.
For other sketches of Luxembourg in this book see Tate D28228–D28231, D28266, D28267–D28268, D28270–D28288; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 32a–34, 56a, 57–57a, 58a–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

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