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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner The Pair of Ferry-Towers on the Moselle at, and opposite to, Schweich with the Ferry in Mid-River; Distant Hills 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 28 Verso:
The Pair of Ferry-Towers on the Moselle at, and opposite to, Schweich with the Ferry in Mid-River; Distant Hills 1839
D28346
Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 28 a
Pencil on white wove drawing paper, 140 x 235 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Castrum Mo[...]’ top centre
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Running parallel to the long top outer-edge of the sketchbook is a very rough and loosely rendered view of hills in the Moselle valley. Beneath it, and orientated inversely, are two towers situated at and opposite to the village of Schweich. These are medieval Fährturme or Ferry Towers used as a form of harbour for the local ferry service which ran from Trier to Koblenz.1 See also Tate D28335; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 23.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

1
Cecilia Powell, Turner’s Rivers of Europe: The Rhine, Meuse and Mosel, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1991, Appendix p.219

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘The Pair of Ferry-Towers on the Moselle at, and opposite to, Schweich with the Ferry in Mid-River; Distant Hills 1839 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 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-the-pair-of-ferry-towers-on-the-moselle-at-and-opposite-to-r1150627, accessed 21 April 2021.