Joseph Mallord William Turner

View from the Heights above Pallien, Looking down the Moselle and down on the White House and the Northern Edge of Trier

1824

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 220 x 291 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20150
Turner Bequest CCXVIII 12

Catalogue entry

Having hiked further into the hills above Pallien, Turner has recorded a view of the northern edge of Trier (at in the middle distance and at right). The architecture of the city is highlighted with flecks and soft hatches of chalk and the foreground, rendered in pencil, reveals the rubble and shrubbery of the hillside. The view also incorporates the Weisshaus (White House), a neo-classical mansion overlooking the banks of the Moselle. Built as a small farm cottage in the seventeenth century, a grand villa was constructed on these foundations a year before Turner’s visit in 1823.1
Turner took a similar view to this in a sketchbook belonging to the 1839 tour of the Meuse-Moselle region (see Tate D28255; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 49a).
1
‘Das Historische Weisshaus’, Weisshaus Trier, accessed 11 December 2013, http://www.weisshaus.de/historische-2.php
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Alice Rylance-Watson
December 2013

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