Joseph Mallord William Turner

Views on the Moselle, including the Abandoned Fort of Montroyal

1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 163 × 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28382
Turner Bequest CCXC 16 a

Catalogue entry

With the exception of the drawing of the church at Briedel, the majority of these rough and quick sketches, all produced by Turner with the sketchbook turned upside down, depict the ruins of the Montroyal fortress at Traben-Trarbach. The fortress was constructed in 1687 by Louis XIV’s chief military engineer Vauban atop the peninsular mountain range high above the town of Traben.1 Montroyal fell into ruin only eleven years after its construction following the Treaty of Rijswijk.2 More sketches of the monument are on folio 17 recto (Tate D28383; Turner Bequest CCXC 17).
Beneath the sketch of the church at Briedel Turner has inscribed ‘Bridel’ and below, there are the annotations ‘Road’ and ‘v’, presumably short for ‘vines’.

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

1
‘Mont Royal Fortress Ruins’, Mosel Treffpunkt: Traben-Trarbach, http://www.traben-trarbach.de/nextshopcms/show.asp?lang=en&e1=993, accessed 16 July 2013.
2
Ibid.

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