Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Sonnenburg, near Wiesbaden

1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
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
D28478
Turner Bequest CCXC 64 a

Catalogue entry

Here Turner depicts the ruins of Burg Sonnenburg, situated in a north-eastern borough of Wiesbaden. The citadel was built in the earlier twelfth century by the Counts of the House of Nassau in order to protect Wiesbaden from the neighbouring Lords of Eppstein (see Tate D28448; Turner Bequest CCXC 49 a).1Sonnenburg is depicted on D28479–D28482; Turner Bequest CCXC 65–66a.
The Thalkirche (Valley Church), which dates to the fifteenth century, can be seen in the middle distance.

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

1
‘Burg Sonnenburg’, Wiesbaden, http://www.wiesbaden.de/en/tourism/sightseeing/buildings/Burg_Sonnenberg.php, accessed 25 July 2013.

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