Joseph Mallord William Turner

Neckarsteinach on the Neckar

1844

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

Medium
Graphite, watercolour and pen on paper
Dimensions
Support: 229 x 330 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35234
Turner Bequest CCCLII 14

Display caption

'This drawing, though somewhat confused and unsatisfactory, contains much that will be interesting to artists in its execution. The finest part of it is the rounded hill in light behind the castle, and the winding valley and river under its cliffs.' These comments by Ruskin reveal yet again his concern to make plain Turner's technical achievements whilst writing his notes on these watercolours. In this view, and in that of Hirschhorn (no.11), it is possible to sense the unsettled wet weather which caused Turner to interrupt temporarily his planned itinerary during his journey to Switzerland in 1844.

Gallery label, September 2004