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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Roman Ruins at Trier 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 42 Verso:
?Roman Ruins at Trier 1839
D28244
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 42 a
Pencil on cream laid writing paper, 168 x 101 mm
Partial Pro Patria watermark
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This rough and swiftly rendered sketch may depict some of the Roman ruins at Trier, one of Germany’s most ancient cities founded in 16 BC by the Emperor Augustus.1
Other views of Trier in this sketchbook include Tate D28186, D28206, D28207, D28246, D28247, D28249, D28250, D28255, D28256, D28258–D28260, D28263, D28264; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 10a, 20a, 21, 43a, 44, 45a, 46, 49a, 50, 51–52, 54a, 55). The city is also depicted in earlier sketchbooks associated with Turner’s 1824 tour of the region; see the Rivers Meuse and Moselle sketchbook (Tate D19725, D19726, D19728–D19730, D19732–D19743; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 88a, 89, 90–91, 92–97a; the Huy and Dinant sketchbook (Tate D20091, D20111, D20115; Turner Bequest CCXVII 5, 17a, 21; the Trèves and Rhine sketchbook (Tate D20141, D20142, D20145, D20146, D20148, D20149–D20154; Turner Bequest CCXVIII 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11–16. See also two gouache and watercolour drawings of the city: one of the Porta Nigra (Tate D20230; Turner Bequest CCXX W) and the other of Trier from the west (Tate D24715; Turner Bequest CCLIX 150).

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

1
Powell 1991, p.130 no.47.

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘?Roman Ruins at Trier 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-roman-ruins-at-trier-r1150521, accessed 25 February 2021.