Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Town of Luxembourg and the Buildings of the Rham and Grund from the Porte de Trèves

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
D28271
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 59

Catalogue entry

This swiftly rendered sketch depicts buildings in the Grund district of Luxembourg City. The narrow, tapering spire of the Church of Saint-Jean-du-Grund is visible in the foreground at right. Beyond is the Rham plateau and the old town of Luxembourg sketched in profile. The tower of St Michael’s Church crowns the cliff at far right.
For other sketches of Luxembourg in this book see Tate D28228–D28231, D28266, D28267–D28270, D28272–D28288; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 32a–34, 56a, 57–58a, 59a–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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