This slight and summary pencil drawing shows the town of Bernkastel on the Moselle, dominated by the Burg Landshut at centre. Turner’s sparing use of pure white chalk enlivens the view, evoking the fall of light on the riverbank and the Church of St Michael. Hairline strands of chalk lead the eye in a zigzag trajectory through the fissures of the mountain range toward the keep of the ruined castle.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.465 no.1378; reproduced in colour in Powell 1995, p.108.
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