Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Views of Cochem, Looking Downstream


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 78 × 118 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVI 123

Catalogue entry

This loose and freely executed sketch shows Cochem from a southerly perspective, looking downstream on the Moselle. At top right Turner has produced a smaller, slighter sketch of the town, squared off from the rest of the page. Visible is Cochem’s Reichsburg Castle, the Plague Chapel of St Roch, and the Church of St Martin in the town centre. For further depictions of Cochem in this sketchbook see Tate D19792–D19795; Turner Bequest CCXVI 121–122a. For later views, see Tate D28318–D28319, D28318–D28319, D28358–D28363, D28540–D28549; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 3–3a, 14a–15, CCXC 4a–7, CCXCI 2–7. See also Turner’s watercolour and gouache drawings of the town on Tate D20238, D24723, D24725, D24806, D28948, D28950, D28963, D28974, D28986, D28987, D28992, D29000, D29020; Turner Bequest CCXXI E, CCLIX 158, 160, 241, CCXCII 1, 3, 16, 27, 39, 40, 45, 51, 69.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2014

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