Joseph Mallord William Turner

Trier from Pallien, Looking up the Moselle with the Roman Bridge in the Distance

1824

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 220 x 291 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20149
Turner Bequest CCXVIII 11

Catalogue entry

This ethereal view is another showing the city of Trier from Pallien (see Tate D20146, D20148; Turner Bequest CCXVIII 8, 10), a town on the opposite bank of the Moselle. The river, Römerbrücke, and architecture of the city are cursorily sketched in pencil across the middle register and highlighted with chalk. Turner has left the majority of the foreground unworked, save for a few ‘rubbed out’ streaks where the whiteness of the paper is intentionally re-exposed. The expansive sky is illuminated with the same ‘rubbing out’ technique and softly smudged chalk.
Verso:
Blank

Alice Rylance-Watson
December 2013

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