Joseph Mallord William Turner Bonn; The Seven Hills 1839

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Bonn; The Seven Hills
From Cochem to Coblenz - Home Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCXCI
Date 1839
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 100 x 156 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXCI 45
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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

‘Mountains and Valleys’, Rhine Dragon, accessed 14 August 2013,

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