Joseph Mallord William Turner

Trier from Pallien, Looking up the Moselle with the Roman Bridge in the Distance and the Napoleonsbrücke on the Right


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite, watercolour and chalk on paper
Support: 220 × 291 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVIII 8

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Nos.39 and 40 were the first sketchbooks with soft covers that Turner took on a foreign tour, no.39 containing the only coloured drawings of the 1824 tour. That on f.8r shows the view up the Mosel at Trier, with the cathedral on the left and the Roman bridge in the distance, from a viewpoint much favoured in the nineteenth century for the splendid prospect of the city it affords, especially towards evening. The overall mood is one of serenity, as it is also in a similar study of Trier inspired by Turner's visit to the same spot fifteen years later (no.47).

Gallery label, August 2004

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