Joseph Mallord William Turner

View down the Lahn to the Rhine with the Martinsburg at Oberlahnstein, Schloss Stolzenfels and Kapellen and St John’s Church, Niederlahnstein

1824

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 220 x 291 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20160
Turner Bequest CCXVIII 22

Catalogue entry

This sketch was taken at a point on the Lahn in front of the Burg Lahneck, looking towards the Castle Stolzenfels and the village of Kapellen (see Tate D20158; Turner Bequest CCXVIII 20). The first building on the right is the Martinsburg of Lahnstein, a formidable building constructed at the end of the thirteenth century by the Archbishops of Mainz to levy river taxes.1 The Martinsburg’s two towers are visible: the largest is the residential keep, a turreted hexagonal tower, and next to it, what appears to be a Rhenish helm. The foreground at left shows a fluid and agile rendering of a riverboat with its sails raised yet hanging loose.
1
‘Martinsburg–I’, EBIDAT – Burgendatenbank Des Europäischen Burgeninstitutes Burgen an Rhine und Donau, accessed 13 December 2013, http://www.ms-visucom.de/cgi-bin/ebidat.pl?id=73
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Alice Rylance-Watson
December 2013

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