J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Boats on the Moselle 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 20 Recto:
Boats on the Moselle 1824
Turner Bequest CCXIX 28
Pencil, chalk and watercolour on white wove paper, 160 x 235 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Marten’ bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘28’ by Ruskin bottom right
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXIX–28’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This drawing, finely rendered in both pencil and chalk, was taken by Turner on a river boat, the scene incorporating some of the craft and vessels he would have come across as he himself plied up and down the Moselle. Figures attend their sailing boats at a sandbank on a river bend and beyond them are two villages, facing each other, nestled by the slate slopes of the valley. Turner has inscribed the word ‘Marten’ at bottom right.

Alice Rylance-Watson
November 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Boats on the Moselle 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-boats-on-the-moselle-r1174922, accessed 28 June 2022.