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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Klotten, Looking Upstream 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Recto:
Klotten, Looking Upstream 1839
Turner Bequest CCXCI 8
Pencil on cream laid writing paper, 100 x 156 mm
Watermarked ‘[v d meulen | & co] mp’
Inscribed in red ink by Ruskin ‘8’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXCI–8’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Here Turner represents the Moselle town of Klotten, from a slightly different angle to Tate D28550; Turner Bequest CCXCI 7a. The Burg Coraidelstein is recorded from a closer perspective, perched on a precipitous cliff. The Parish Church of St Maximin is visible at left, situated slightly upstream.
This view formed the basis of a gouache and watercolour drawing on blue paper entitled Klotten and Burg Coraidelstein from the East (Tate D29029; Turner Bequest CCXCII 78). Turner produced a sketch of the two landmarks taken from a westerly perspective (Tate D28550; Turner Bequest CCXCI 7 a), also later transformed into an evocative gouache drawing (Tate D20237; Turner Bequest CCXXI D).

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Klotten, 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-klotten-looking-upstream-r1150835, accessed 28 January 2022.