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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Roman Bridge at Trier, Looking Upstream 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 21 Recto:
The Roman Bridge at Trier, Looking Upstream 1839
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 21
Pencil on cream laid writing paper, 101 x 168 mm
Partial Pro Patria watermark
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘21’ bottom right
Stamped in black ink ‘CCLXXXVIII–21’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is a further sketch of the Roman bridge at Trier, most likely taken in the same sitting as the drawing on the opposite folio (Tate D28206; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 20a). Turner has suggested a few boats in the foreground in swift curved strokes of the pencil.
For further depictions of Trier in this sketchbook see Tate D28186, D28203, D28244, D28246, D28249, D28250, D28256, D28258–D28260, D28263, D28264; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 10a, 19, 42a, 43a, 45a, 46, 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

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘The Roman Bridge at Trier, Looking Upstream 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-the-roman-bridge-at-trier-looking-upstream-r1150484, accessed 25 February 2021.