After Joseph Mallord William Turner
Rolandseck, engraved by Edward Goodall 1837

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Rolandseck, engraved by Edward Goodall
Date 1837
Medium Line engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 80 x 67 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1986
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In 1837 Turner supplied twenty watercolour vignettes for a new edition of the poems of Thomas Campbell, a Scottish-born poet (1774-1844) who had very close associations with Germany. In 1820 Campbell spent more than a month in Bonn where he studied German, made excursions with his German friends to beauty spots and castles, such as the Seven Hills and the Godesburg, and listened to the numerous stories and legends associated with the different sites. He was particularly enchanted by the Drachenfels and Rolandseck, and composed his own version of the romantic story which links Charlemagne's brave warrior Roland with the Rhine. Turner's vignette later served as a headpiece for this.

August 2004

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