As with no.39, one side of each page in this sketchbook is prepared with a grey wash on which, through a mixture of hatched work, and scratching out, Turner evocatively captures the variety and charm of the hills surrounding the Mosel. Here he shows the view downstream towards Traben on the left bank and Trarbach on the right, towns which can be seen again in four of his later coloured studies (nos.57-60).
Gallery label, August 2004
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