Joseph Mallord William Turner Beilstein and Burg Metternich c.1839

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Beilstein and Burg Metternich
Date c.1839
Medium Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 140 x 192 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXI F
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Beilstein is situated on one of the many bends of the Mosel, so that river travellers enjoy numerous changing views of the town nestling in its ravine and the gaunt ruins perched high above it. Turner has captured this scene in brilliant colours, emphasising with his tiny brush strokes the degree to which bare rock alternates with vines and bushes, as each slope catches the sunlight in a slightly different way.

August 1991

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