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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner River View with Wooden Bridge and Distant Towers 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 68 Verso:
River View with Wooden Bridge and Distant Towers 1839
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 68 a
Pencil on cream laid writing paper, 101 x 168 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[?at Treves]’, ‘[...]’ at top right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view may depict Thionville, a French town on the Moselle located close to the border with Luxembourg. The twin towers in the distance recall the architecture of the Church of Saint-Maximin and the spire to the left maybe the bell-tower of the town’s sixteenth-century town hall. Thionville is represented elsewhere in this sketchbook (Tate D28225, D28236, D28237; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 20, 36a, 37) and in the earlier Rivers Meuse and Moselle sketchbook of 1824 (Tate D19710; Turner Bequest CCXVI 81).
Technical notes:
There is staining from the leather overlaps on the back outside cover at the top and bottom left and right of the page.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘River View with Wooden Bridge and Distant Towers 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-river-view-with-wooden-bridge-and-distant-towers-r1150567, accessed 26 November 2020.