Joseph Mallord William Turner

Views of Senhals, Senheim and Nehren; The Lehmener Tower, Nehren; Ediger


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 100 × 163 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXC 10 a

Catalogue entry

Running across the upper, central and lower registers Turner has drawn sketches of a number of villages on the Moselle, located south of Mesenich and Cochem. Rendered with light handling in sharp pencil line, Turner depicts the profiles of Senhals, Senheim and Nehren at the top, inscribing each with their town’s name. Below is a sketch of the Lehmener Tower, or Lehmener Turm, on the banks of the Moselle at Nehren. Constructed in the thirteenth century in the Romanesque architectural style, this residential tower belonged to the estate of the lords of Lehmen. The final sketch shows Ediger’s valley with a towered building at right.
Turner’s drawing of the Lehmener Turm and Ediger on the folio opposite (Tate D28371; Turner Bequest CCXC 11) extends onto the present folio.
For an earlier drawing of the monument see the Rivers Meuse and Moselle sketchbook (Tate D19783; Turner Bequest CCXVI 116a), taken during Turner’s 1824 tour of the region.

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

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