Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), Le Pot du Chateau, Luxembourg, c. 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851)
Le Pont du Château, Luxembourg, c.1839

Watercolour, gouache and graphite, with details added using a pen dipped in watercolour, on blue wove paper, 13.9 x 19.2 cm 
Bequeathed, Henry Vaughan, 1900

On a trip to Luxembourg in 1839, Turner made studies of the Pont du Château, which linked the castle of the Counts of Luxembourg to the old city. The artist achieves an awe inspiring view of monumental proportions on a minute scale, by skilfully combining atmospheric effects and rich colour. He sensitively responds to the climate and atmosphere specific to the locality. This watercolour belongs to the collection of 31 watercolours bequeathed to the Gallery by the art connoisseur and collector Henry Vaughan in 1900.  The conditions of Vaughan’s will stipulate that the drawings should be: ‘exhibited to the public all at one time free of charge during the month of January.’ The conditions of Vaughan’s bequest are still adhered to today and as a result the works have retained their vibrant colour and remain in pristine condition.

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