Joseph Mallord William Turner

Alken and Burg Thurandt, Looking Downstream

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 × 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28572
Turner Bequest CCXCI 18 a

Catalogue entry

With agile handling, here Turner pictures the village of Alken, nestled at the foot of a mountain range. Buildings such as the Chapel of St Michael can be seen, built into the gradient leading toward the ‘ivy-mantled’ ruins of Burg Thurandt.1 One of the turrets of Wiltberg House can just be made out behind the church.
This sketch and that on Tate D28371; Turner Bequest CCXCI 18 formed the basis of a watercolour and gouache drawing of 1839 (Tate D29023; Turner Bequest CCXCII 72). For other views of Alken and the Burg Thurandt in this sketchbook see Tate D28373–D28377; Turner Bequest CCXCI 19–21.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

1
Michael Joseph Quin, Steam voyages on the Seine, the Moselle, & the Rhine, London 1843, p.60.

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