Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bornhofen, Burg Sterrenberg and Burg Liebenstein, Looking Upstream, with a Passenger Boat in the Foreground

1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 100 x 163 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28514
Turner Bequest CCXC 81 a

Catalogue entry

Here Turner shows the village of Bornhofen, presided over by the ruins of the thirteenth-century Castles Liebenstein and Sterrenberg. A boat is seen in the foreground, along with the circular forms of numerous umbrellas held up by the passengers aboard the vessel. Turner has inscribed ‘Umbrellas of all [?Colours]’ beneath it.
For other sketches of the Castles Liebenstein and Sterrenberg in this book see Tate D28511, D28513, D28515; Turner Bequest CCXC 80, 81, 82a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

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