Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bonn; The Seven Hills

1839

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 100 x 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28624
Turner Bequest CCXCI 45

Catalogue entry

The larger of the two drawings here is a dramatic prospect of the ‘Seven Hills’ near Bonn. The ‘Siebengebirge’ is an upland range consisting of more than forty hills, situated to the east of the Rhine and south-east of Bonn. The seven hills are: the Drachenfels, the Wolkenburg, the Petersburg, the Nonnenstromberg, the Ölberg, the Lohrberg, and the Löwenburg.1
Above the mountain panorama Turner has drawn a very slight profile of the ancient city of Bonn. For other pictures of Bonn, see the Itinerary Rhine Tour and Waterloo and Rhine sketchbooks of 1817 (Tate D12665–D12668, D12750, D12868–D12870; Turner Bequest CLIX 84a–86, CLX 26a, 85a–86a).

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

1
‘Mountains and Valleys’, Rhine Dragon, accessed 14 August 2013, http://www.rhinedragon.de/mountains_valleys.html

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