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In August 1839 Turner was sketching along the Mosel River. From Cochem he walked to Coblenz along the road that bordered the river. En route he jotted in the several variously-sized sketchbooks he carried in his pockets.
He had already passed the town of Dieblich when he stopped to make this pencil sketch looking back across a bend in the Mosel to the town and, beyond it, the two perched castles of the Knights of Coburn. A few pencil marks, a few dashes of yellow, gray and blue watercolors and the notation “Dib,” for Dieblich, were sufficient to fix the scene in his mind.