Joseph Mallord William Turner

View Downstream below Müden, with the Druidenstein

1839

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 100 × 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28560
Turner Bequest CCXCI 12 a

Catalogue entry

In this swiftly executed sketch Turner represents the Moselle valley moments downstream from Müden. The megalith seen at centre is the Druidenstein or Druid’s Stone, a rock usually associated with Druidic practices and rituals (see also Tate D28314; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 12 a in the First Mossel and Oxford sketchbook). The valley slope that frames the Druidenstein to the left is marked ‘V’ by Turner to show that vineyards grow there. As it was in Turner’s time, winemaking remains one of the region’s most thriving economies. See also Tate D28559; Turner Bequest CCXCI 12.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

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