Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of Burg Bischofstein from Moselkern

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
D28562
Turner Bequest CCXCI 13 a

Catalogue entry

In this slight and swiftly rendered sketch, Turner depicts the castle of Bischofstein, which, as Quin writes, shows ‘itself... from a considerable distance’ as the traveller sails towards it on the Mosel.1 The Burg presides over the valley from Moselkern opposite the town of Burgen. Identifiable by its tall cylindrical donjon tower and adjoining ruined chapel, Bischofstein was constructed in the late twelfth century and expanded in 1273 as a stronghold for the Archbishops of Trier. 2 It was later destroyed by the troops of Louis XIV of France during the Nine Years’ War. 3

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

1
Michael Joseph Quin, Steam voyages on the Seine, the Moselle, & the Rhine, London 1843, p.57.
2
‘Bischofstein’, Burgendatenbank des Europäischen Burgeninstitutes, Burgen an Rhein und Donau, http://www.ms-visucom.de/cgi-bin/ebidat.pl?id=135, accessed 9 August 2013.
3
Ibid.

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