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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Views of the Moselle Valley, including Burg and Reil 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 18 Verso:
Views of the Moselle Valley, including Burg and Reil 1839
Turner Bequest CCXC 18 a
Pencil on flecked off-white wove paper, 163 x 100 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Riol’ (thrice) at centre towards bottom left, centre towards bottom, and centre left; ‘Burg’ centre right; ‘Rekirch’ centre left (all inverted)
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
These loose and quick sketches depict the Moselle Valley running between the Marienburg monastery at Zell and the ruined fortress of Montroyal at Traben-Trarbach. All have been executed with the sketchbook orientated upside down and two compositions have been squared off. From the lower register to upper: a river scene with small boat and choppy waters; a valley landscape (squared off); the church at Reil (the Reilkirch) on the opposite bank (part of this composition is squared off); sketches of Reil (annotated ‘Riol’ three times); and finally, a sailing boat in the Moselle Valley. Sketches from the opposite folio (Tate D28387; Turner Bequest CCXC 19) are continued onto this sheet; for example the village of Burg whose chapel is depicted at the far left of the present folio near the gutter.

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Views of the Moselle Valley, including Burg and Reil 1839 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 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-views-of-the-moselle-valley-including-burg-and-reil-r1150671, accessed 19 January 2022.