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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Sketches of the Roman Bridge at Trier and the Buildings Adjacent to It, Looking Upstream 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 95 Verso:
Sketches of the Roman Bridge at Trier and the Buildings Adjacent to It, Looking Upstream 1824
D19737
Turner Bequest CCXVI 94 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 78 x 118 mm
Inscribed in pencil ‘[?Farh] C[...]’ top right; ‘Warm’ | ‘Cold’ centre towards top left; ‘Mosel’ top right under arches of bridge
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
In this series of views Turner shows the Roman Bridge at Trier, fortified at its base by a tower and gateway built into the circuit of the city walls. Boats are moored at the sandy riverbank, near to one of the Trier’s ancient tread-wheel cranes. In the top sketch Turner has annotated part of the Moselle with ‘warm’ and ‘cold’ at either side of a grassy islet; perhaps a note to remind him of the quality of light. At the long outer edge of the sheet are details of two of Trier’s celebrated ecclesiastical buildings: the cathedral at left and the tower of St Gangolf at right. For further sketches of the city see Tate D19725–D19736, D19738–D19743; Turner Bequest CCXVI 88a–94, 95–97a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2014

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Sketches of the Roman Bridge at Trier and the Buildings Adjacent to It, Looking Upstream 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-sketches-of-the-roman-bridge-at-trier-and-the-buildings-r1174528, accessed 03 December 2021.