Joseph Mallord William Turner

Wehlen and Zeltingen, Looking Downstream

1824

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 160 x 235 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20183
Turner Bequest CCXIX 22

Catalogue entry

Here Turner shows the neighbouring towns of Wehlen, on the left, and Zeltingen on the right. Overlooking the latter of these is a large cube-like, fort-like structure, built into the rock and perched on the hillside amongst the vines. This is the medieval Kunibertsburg, a castle dating back to 1182, which once belonged to the Electorate of Cologne.1 Zeltingen’s church, marked out by its slender and tapering spire, is mirrored by Wehlen’s on the left. Both are highlighted with gleaming flecks of chalk, used also at the river’s edge to evoke the crystalline waters of the Moselle.
At top right Turner has drawn a small detail of a building, perhaps the church at either Wehlen or Zeltingen.
1
‘Ruine Kunibertsburg’, Datenbank der Kulturgüter in der Region Trier, accessed 26 November 2013, http://www.roscheiderhof.de/kulturdb/client/einObjekt.php?id=4776
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Alice Rylance-Watson
November 2013

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