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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Luxembourg City 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 61 Recto
Luxembourg City 1839
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 61
Pencil on cream laid writing paper, 101 x 168 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘61’ bottom right
Stamped in black ink ‘CCLXXXVIII–61’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This rough pencil sketch of Luxembourg City from the north was used by Turner to create a gouache and watercolour drawing on blue paper in the winter of 1839 (Tate D20247; Turner Bequest CCXXI N). This prospect shows the Alzette River winding through a narrow valley, flanked by precipitous cliffs. Houses can be seen at the lower reaches of the cliffs, built into the rocks at a sharp angle. A bridge is suggested in the foreground, with a small spired church to its left.
For other sketches of Luxembourg in this book see Tate D28228–D28231, D28266, D28267–D28274, D28276–D28288; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 32a–34, 56a, 57–60, 61–67a. See also the earlier Rivers Meuse and Moselle sketchbook of 1824 (Tate D19712, D19714; Turner Bequest CCXVI 82, 83).

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Luxembourg City 1839 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 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-luxembourg-city-r1150552, accessed 15 May 2021.