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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Trier from the Moselle, near Pallien 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 50 Recto:
Trier from the Moselle, near Pallien 1839
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 50
Pencil on cream laid writing paper, 101 x 168 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Coney[...]’ | ‘St W Can[...]’ at top towards right; ‘St[?L...]’ at centre left; ‘St Martin’ at centre.
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘50’ bottom right
Stamped in black ink ‘CCLXXXVIII–50’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Swiftly wrought, this sketch depicts Trier from the heights around Pallien. The Moselle is pictured in the foreground, and within the river a sprouting of grassy islets. The Abbey of St Martin can be seen on the banks of the river, the building’s name inscribed by Turner above it. Beyond, the profile of Trier has been summarily sketched, the city nestled among low sandstone hills. There are further inscriptions at top right which are largely illegible.
Other views taken from the Pallien hillsides in this sketchbook include Tate D28246, D28255, D28257–D28260; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 43a, 49a, 50a–52. See also the Trèves and Rhine sketchbook of 1824 (Tate D20150; Turner Bequest CCXVIII 12).

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Trier from the Moselle, near Pallien 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-trier-from-the-moselle-near-pallien-r1150533, accessed 09 March 2021.