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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Distant View of Pommern, Looking Downstream; Pommern, Looking Downstream; Pommern, Looking Upstream to Klotten; Distant View of Pommern, Looking Upstream 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Recto:
Distant View of Pommern, Looking Downstream; Pommern, Looking Downstream; Pommern, Looking Upstream to Klotten; Distant View of Pommern, Looking Upstream 1839
D28553
Turner Bequest CCXCI 9
Pencil on cream laid writing paper, 156 x 100 mm
Watermarked ‘[v d meulen | & co] mp’
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Pommern’ (twice) top centre and centre towards top right; ‘Clot’ centre towards bottom left; ‘Triers’ bottom right
Inscribed in red ink by Ruskin ‘9’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXCI–9’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Rendered in agile line, these four small sketches show the towns of Klotten and Pommern which neighbour each other on the banks of the Moselle, approximately two kilometres upstream from Tries-Karden. The uppermost sketch is a distant view of Pommern, Turner roughly suggesting trees and landmarks in swift vertical line. Beneath it is a more detailed picture of the town, encompassing Saint Stephen’s Parish Church, which dates to 1264, and a towering hip-roofed building to its right.1 The same building appears in the penultimate sketch, this time from a different perspective and situated to the left of St Stephen’s. Turner has annotated the drawing ‘Clot’ to mark out the respective location of Klotten to Pommern. The final sketch shows Pommern from the distance and has the inscription ‘Triers’ beneath it, presumably a reference to the neighbouring town of ‘Treis’.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

1
‘Pfarrgemeinde St. Stephanus Pommern’, Pfarreiengemeinschaft Treis-Karden, http://www.pommern.pg-treis-karden.de/index.html, accessed 21 August 2013.

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Distant View of Pommern, Looking Downstream; Pommern, Looking Downstream; Pommern, Looking Upstream to Klotten; Distant View of Pommern, Looking Upstream 1839 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-distant-view-of-pommern-looking-downstream-pommern-looking-r1150837, accessed 18 April 2021.