Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Two Sketches of the Fortifications of the Bock, Luxembourg 1839
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 33
Pencil on cream laid writing paper, 101 x 168 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘33’ bottom right
Stamped in black ink ‘CCLXXXVIII–33’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.II, p.920.
Here Turner has made two small sketches of the Bock, a promontory located in the north-eastern corner of Luxembourg’s historical district. Its fortifications date back to 963 and have been developed, reinforced, destroyed, and rebuilt over centuries. This sketch and that on the previous folio (Tate D28228
; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 32a) form the basis for a gouache, pen and ink and watercolour drawing on blue paper of the city taken from a southerly perspective (private collection).1
How to cite
Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Two Sketches of the Fortifications of the Bock, Luxembourg 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-two-sketches-of-the-fortifications-of-the-bock-luxembourg-r1150506, accessed 25 October 2021.