Though hastily drawn, the sketches in this book are of great interest since many of them show towns on and near the Mosel and two famous German watering-places, Bad Ems on the Lahn and Wiesbaden on the Rhine. Turner probably visited these places in 1834, 1837 or 1838. Many British visitors to the Rhineland in the nineteenth century found the long hair and fancy costumes sported by the university students of Bonn highly picturesque, and Turner was clearly no exception.
Gallery label, August 2004
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