Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Sketches of the Fortifications of the Bock, Luxembourg

1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 101 x 168 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28229
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 33

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has made two small sketches of the Bock, a promontory located in the north-eastern corner of Luxembourg’s historical district. Its fortifications date back to 963 and have been developed, reinforced, destroyed, and rebuilt over centuries. This sketch and that on the previous folio (Tate D28228; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 32a) form the basis for a gouache, pen and ink and watercolour drawing on blue paper of the city taken from a southerly perspective (private collection).1

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

1
See Powell 1991, p.175 no.122.

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