Sketching from a landing-stage on the Moselle Turner produced this picturesque and finely rendered drawing of the village of Beilstein, situated, as Bartholomew Stritch writes, ‘at the foot of a rock, on the left bank of the river’.1 The baroque Saint Joseph’s Monastery Church stands boldly at the centre of the village surrounded by gabled houses and the arched bridge traversing the Moselle can be seen towards the right. Beilstein is presided over by the ruined Burg Metternich, imposing, dominant and almost certainly increased in size and scale by Turner for visual effect.
For further drawings of the Burg Metternich in this sketchbook see Tate D28364, D28365, D28367, D28368, D28527, D28528, D28537; Turner Bequest CCXC 7a, 8, 9, 9a, 86a, 87, 91a. See also the First Mossel and Oxford sketchbook belonging to the same 1839 tour (Tate D28301, D28320, D28321; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 6a, 15a, 16). See also the 1839 gouache and watercolour drawing of the Burg (Tate D20239; Turner Bequest CCXXI F).
Bartholomew Stritch, The Meuse, the Moselle, and the Rhine; or, A six weeks’ tour through the finest river scenery in Europe, by B.S., London 1845, p.57.
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