Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Spire of St Martin’s Church, Cochem


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 156 × 100 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXCI 2

Catalogue entry

This swiftly rendered pencil sketch of St Martin’s Church, Cochem was developed into a striking vertical-format gouache and watercolour drawing on blue paper (Tate D20253; Turner Bequest CCXXI T). The church was built between 1456 and 1503, and the elaborate steeple and onion-shaped cupola was added in the eighteenth century.1
For Turner’s 1839 sketches of St Martin’s Church and Cochem see Tate D28543; Turner Bequest CCXCI 3a; the Trèves to Cochem and Coblenz to Mayence sketchbook (Tate D28359–D28363; Turner Bequest CCXC 5–7) and the First Mossel and Oxford sketchbook (Tate D28295, D28296, D28318, D28319; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 3, 3a, 14a, 15). For earlier views see the Rivers Meuse and Moselle sketchbook of 1824 (Tate D19792, D19795; Turner Bequest CCXVI 121, 122a).
For other gouaches of Cochem see Tate D20238, D24723, D24725, D24806, D28986; Turner Bequest CCXXI E, CLIX 158, 160, 241, CCXCII 39. See also the 1840 gouache Cochem from above the Enderttal (Tate D28992; Turner Bequest CCXCII 45).
Powell 1991, p.140.
Technical notes:
The leather loop on the inside front cover has stained the sheet.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

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