Joseph Mallord William Turner

Trier from the Moselle, near Pallien


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 101 × 168 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 50

Catalogue entry

Swiftly wrought, this sketch depicts Trier from the heights around Pallien. The Moselle is pictured in the foreground, and within the river a sprouting of grassy islets. The Abbey of St Martin can be seen on the banks of the river, the building’s name inscribed by Turner above it. Beyond, the profile of Trier has been summarily sketched, the city nestled among low sandstone hills. There are further inscriptions at top right which are largely illegible.
Other views taken from the Pallien hillsides in this sketchbook include Tate D28246, D28255, D28257–D28260; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 43a, 49a, 50a–52. See also the Trèves and Rhine sketchbook of 1824 (Tate D20150; Turner Bequest CCXVIII 12).

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

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