Joseph Mallord William Turner

View down the Rhine to Coblenz and Ehrenbreitstein, from the East Bank

1824

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour and gouache on paper
Dimensions
Support: 220 x 291 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20139
Turner Bequest CCXVIII 1

Catalogue entry

This drawing was produced with the sketchbook turned upside down. It shows a squally teal sky live with mushrooming slate grey cloud and white cumuli. The view is taken from a golden sandbank on the eastern side of the Rhine, seen at centre as it meanders towards Koblenz. The river’s waters are coldly sombre, a contrast to the grass hills of its valleys which have been rendered in vigorous and layered strokes of yellow-green, fern and olive. A daub of red watercolour has been added to the foreground: a vibrant interruption to an all in all rather drab palette.
For other views of Koblenz in this sketchbook see Tate D20140; Turner Bequest CCXVIII 2. See also the Rivers Meuse and Moselle sketchbook (Tate D19822, D19824–D19825, D19837; Turner Bequest CCXVI 136, 137–137a, 143a).
Verso:
Inscribed ‘CCXVIII–1’ top centre (inverted relative to foliation).

Alice Rylance-Watson
November 2013

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