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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View Downstream below Müden, with the Druidenstein 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 12 Verso:
View Downstream below Müden, with the Druidenstein 1839
D28560
Turner Bequest CCXCI 12 a
Pencil on cream laid writing paper, 100 x 156 mm
Watermarked ‘& co[mp]’
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘V’ far left
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
In this swiftly executed sketch Turner represents the Moselle valley moments downstream from Müden. The megalith seen at centre is the Druidenstein or Druid’s Stone, a rock usually associated with Druidic practices and rituals (see also Tate D28314; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 12 a in the First Mossel and Oxford sketchbook). The valley slope that frames the Druidenstein to the left is marked ‘V’ by Turner to show that vineyards grow there. As it was in Turner’s time, winemaking remains one of the region’s most thriving economies. See also Tate D28559; Turner Bequest CCXCI 12.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘View Downstream below Müden, with the Druidenstein 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-view-downstream-below-muden-with-the-druidenstein-r1150844, accessed 19 January 2022.