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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Mesenich, Looking Downstream; Briedern, Looking Downstream; Beilstein, Looking Downstream from near Briedern 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 10 Recto:
Mesenich, Looking Downstream; Briedern, Looking Downstream; Beilstein, Looking Downstream from near Briedern 1839
D28369
Turner Bequest CCXC 10
Pencil on flecked off-white wove paper, 163 x 100 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Mezen’ bottom left (inverted), ‘7H’ bottom right towards centre (inverted), ‘Ferry’ bottom left towards centre (inverted); ‘Birdon’ centre left (inverted); ‘Cattle’ top left (inverted)
Inscribed in blue ink by Ruskin ‘10’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CCXC–10’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned upside down, the drawing on the uppermost register depicts Mesenich, a village situated on the Moselle roughly two and a half miles south of Cochem. Turner has annotated the drawing with ‘Mezen’, a shortening of the town’s name; ‘7H’ which stands for the neighbouring communities of ‘Senheim’ or ‘Senhals’ according to Cecilia Powell; and ‘Ferry’ to indicate the service which ran along the river and which Turner most likely made use of.1 Senhals and Senheim are depicted on folio 10 verso (Tate D28370; Turner Bequest CCXC 10 a).
The sketch occupying the central register is of Briedern, also south of Cochem, and neighbour to Beilstein. This simple yet carefully rendered valley landscape has been inscribed ‘Birdon’ at right. The final drawing is of Beilstein, taken from the outskirts of Briedern. The celebrated Burg Metternich and Monastery Church of St Joseph stand in the centre, surrounded by precipitous ranges. Turner has inscribed the side of the drawing with the word ‘Cattle’.

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

1
Powell 1991, Appendix p.220.

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Mesenich, Looking Downstream; Briedern, Looking Downstream; Beilstein, Looking Downstream from near Briedern 1839 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 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-mesenich-looking-downstream-briedern-looking-downstream-r1150654, accessed 01 March 2021.