Joseph Mallord William Turner

View down the Moselle from the Napoleonsbrücke with the Church of Saints Simon and Jude, Pallien, in the Foreground

1839

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 101 × 168 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28257
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 50 a

Catalogue entry

This view of Pallien looking down the Moselle was taken from the Napoleonsbrücke, an arched sandstone bridge erected in 1804 in the reign of the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.1 The Church of Saints Simon and Jude can be seen in the foreground close to a small bridge, and beyond: hillsides and the sweeping, serpentine meander of the river. Turner’s handling is free and varied in this sketch; he has inscribed the town’s name at the bottom close to the gutter of the book.
Other views taken from the Pallien hillsides in this sketchbook include Tate D28246, D28255, D28256, D28258–D28260; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 43a, 49a, 50, 51–52. See also the Trèves and Rhine sketchbook of 1824 (Tate D20150; Turner Bequest CCXVIII 12).

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

1
‘Napoleonsbrücke’, Datenbank der Kulturgüter in der Region Trier, accessed May 2013, http://www.roscheiderhof.de/kulturdb/client/einObjekt.php?id=6476

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