Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Marxburg, Seen in the Distance Looking Upstream, with Rhens on the Right

1839

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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
D28523
Turner Bequest CCXC 84 a

Catalogue entry

This swiftly rendered sketch shows the Castle Marxburg atop the cliff in the distance and the town of Rhens, upstream from Braubach, on the right. Turner has annotated the view with the inscription ‘Marx’, to represent Marxburg, and a note on the atmospheric qualities of the scene: ‘smoke’ and ‘the Light the Yellow’.

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

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