Joseph Mallord William Turner

Views Downstream from Mid-River: (1) to Bingen and Rüdesheim (Sketch of Rüdesheim to Right); (2) to St Roch’s Chapel, Bingen and Rüdesheim; (3) to Burg Klopp, Bingen, the Maüseturm and Burg Ehrenfels; (4) to the Church at Bornhofen and ‘The Brothers’

1817

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 150 x 94 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D12840
Turner Bequest CLX 71 a

Display caption

Turner used this sketchbook intensively for the first half of his 1817 tour, both at the Field of Waterloo and along the Rhine. All the sketches on ff.71v-72r belong to his return journey from Mainz to Cologne in late August. The elongated sketches extending across the top of the two pages were drawn from a boat bearing Turner downstream from the widest part of the Middle Rhine towards the Bingen gorge where the river becomes enclosed by steep hills. The last of these sketches later formed the basis of no.11. The final sketch shows the pilgrimage church at Bornhofen beneath the rocky ridge occupied by the two castles known as 'The Brothers'.

Gallery label, September 1991