Joseph Mallord William Turner

Beilstein, Looking Upstream from near Fankel; Bruttig, Looking Upstream from near Ernst; Ellenz; Burg Metternich at Beilstein

1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 163 x 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28364
Turner Bequest CCXC 7 a

Catalogue entry

With similarly nimble handling to that seen in the sketches of Cochem (Tate D28359–D28363; Turner Bequest 5–7), these four landscape sketches depict the villages of Beilstein, Bruttig, and Ellenz located along the Moselle a few miles south of Cochem. Turner drew these with the sketchbook turned upside down.
The uppermost register contains a drawing of Beilstein taken from Fankel. The artist recorded the name of the village as ‘Fangl’ in a note at the side of the drawing. The tower seen in silhouette in the distance is likely the ruined castle of Beilstein, the Burg Metternich, once the property, as Bartholomew Stritch writes, ‘of the Electors of Treves, but was held for them by the noble vassals the counts of Matternich and Winneburg’.1
Below is a sketch of Bruttig taken from the outskirts of the village of Ernst. Located at the banks of the Moselle, the town is cradled by a gently sloping valley. The spired church is probably Saint Margaret’s. Turner has again inscribed the side of the sketch with his approximation of the town’s name, ‘Prudich’. The central sketch is of the Moselle at Ellenz, with what appear to be boats at the right; the buildings are likely those which line the Moselweinstraße, including the seventeenth-century Saint Sebastian’s Chapel. Turner has inscribed the drawings with ‘Ellenz’ and ‘Erentz’.
The final sketch is of the Burg Metternich, the fortification seen in the distance of the first drawing of Beilstein. Turner has recorded its crumbling architecture: the keep, towers, and curtain wall.

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

1
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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