In 1844, as part of his last tour of the
Alps, Turner revisited Heidelberg, the German university town on the river Neckar. Most of his views focused
on the obvious picturesque attractions
of the great castle, high above the river. This study focuses instead on a hotel, albeit one situated in a grand Renaissance building.
Back in London, Turner produced a large scale oil painting of Heidelberg, which
is displayed downstairs in room C5.
This could not provide a greater contrast with the controlled use of colour, and
the delicate touch in this work.
Gallery label, September 2004