Cochem on the Mosel

Creation date
watercolor and gouache on blue paper
7 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (sheet)
Credit line
Bequest of Kurt F. Pantzer, Sr.
Accession number
Not Currently On View

The half-timbered, white-stuccoed façade 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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