Cochem on the Mosel

Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775-1851)

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The half-timbered, white-stuccoed fa├žade of the old inn known as the Alte Thorschenke, the bridge over the Endert and the ruined castle on its distinctively conical hill situate this watercolor at Cochem, Turner's base of operations for his 1839 exploration of the Mosel from Metz in France to its junction with the Rhine at Koblenz.

On all of Turner's pictorial tours of the great rivers of Europe beginning with the Loire in 1826 and ending with the Mosel, he used blue paper and painted with gouache (opaque watercolor) to maintain vividness on the dark paper.

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Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775-1851)
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watercolor and gouache on blue paper
7 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (sheet)
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Bequest of Kurt F. Pantzer, Sr.
Public Domain
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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