Joseph Mallord William Turner

Burg Sooneck with Bacharach in the Distance: Large Colour Study

c.1819–20

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 403 x 567 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25304
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 182

Display caption

Turner's larger and more elaborate watercolours were usually preceded by coloured studies in which he worked out the essential features of his composition. In no.16 the upper study can easily be related to the finished drawing of Burg Sooneck (no.17) but the lower one shows only the bands of coloured washes which were his habitual starting-point. The colour arrangements of both preparatory studies are similar to that of the finished watercolour, but the larger colour study is closer to it in the composition of the hillside on the left.

Gallery label, September 2004