Joseph Mallord William Turner Bonn; The Seven Hills 1839

Artwork details

Artist
Title
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
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28624
Turner Bequest CCXCI 45
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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

About this artwork