This drawing and Tate D20167; Turner Bequest CCXIX 6 show Beilstein on the Moselle, a town nestled at the foot of a ridge atop which a ruined fortification, the Burg Metternich, stands. For the Irish author and traveller Michael Joseph Quin, the medieval structure constituted ‘altogether one of the most picturesque memorials of chivalry to be seen on the Moselle’.1 Following the slope in a downward diagonal, the eye is met by the ornate Baroque spire of St Joseph’s Parish Church, which, at the time of Turner’s visit, was also a Carmelite monastery. At top right Turner has inscribed ‘Pydelstein’, probably his interpretation of the spelling of ‘Beilstein’.
Michael Joseph Quin, Steam voyages on the Seine, the Moselle, & the Rhine: with railroad visits to the principal cities of Belgium, London 1843, p.36.
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