Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Rocks of the Bastei and its Bridge, with Lilienstein in the Distance

1835

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 104 x 170 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30982
Turner Bequest CCCVI 50

Catalogue entry

This sketch was taken at the Bastei, a rock formation in Saxon Switzerland. Its jagged rocks and pinnacles became a tourist attraction at the end of the eighteenth century. A wooden bridge, pictured here, was constructed in 1824 to link several of the rocks for the enjoyment of tourists. Crossing it was a thrilling experience, which afforded the visitor breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains from a terrace six hundred feet over the Elbe. Lilienstein plateau can be seen in the distance, at centre left.
The Bastei is shown again on Tate D30981–D31001; Turner Bequest CCCVI 49a–59a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2015

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