Joseph Mallord William Turner

View at Metz from the Rue de la Garde Looking down the Moselle under its Four Bridges and (Centre) at the Towers of St Vincent’s Church


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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 36

Catalogue entry

This view of Metz, taken from the Rue de la Garde, incorporates four of the bridges which traverse the Moselle. The furthest bridge is situated closest to the twin-towered Church of Saint-Vincent.
For other representations of Metz in this sketchbook see Tate D28200, D28216–D28219, D28221, D28232–D28234; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 17a, 25a–27, 28, 34–35a. There is also a gouache and watercolour drawing of the city produced on blue paper in 1839 (Tate D24757; Turner Bequest CCLIX 192). For earlier depictions of Metz see the Rivers Meuse and Moselle sketchbook of 1824 (Tate D19706, D19709, D19786; Turner Bequest CCXVI 79, 80a, 118).

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

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