Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Ruined Monastery at Wolf, Wolfer Kloster, in the Distance and Detail of its Tower; Wolfer Kloster; The Grevenburg, Looking Downstream from below Wolf; Traben, Trarbach and the Grevenburg, Looking Downstream


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 235 × 140 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 10 a

Catalogue entry

The village of Wolf is situated on the Moselle, just before the traveller reaches Traben-Trarbach. Turner has pictured the monastery there, the Wolfer Kloster, which lies in ruin perched on the summit of a cliff. The artist has also made a swift and summary jotting of the cloister tower, inscribing ‘Wolfer Clers’ next to it. Below is a further view of Wolf, followed by two sketches of the Grevenburg at Traben-Trarbach.
The monastery at Wolf is also depicted in the Trèves to Cochem and Coblenz to Mayence sketchbook belonging to the 1839 tour (Tate D28403; Turner Bequest CCXC 27). For other sketches of Traben, Trarbach and the Grevenburg in this book see Tate D28308; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 9a; see also the Trèves to Cochem and Coblenz to Mayence sketchbook belonging to the 1839 tour (Tate D28390–D28395, D28400–D28401; Turner Bequest CCXC 20a–23, 25a–26). For gouache drawings of the Grevenburg produced in c.1839 see Tate D20223, D20234, D20240, D20259, D20275; Turner Bequest CCXX P, CCXXI A, G, Z, CCXXII P).

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

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