Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bernkastel and the Landshut, Looking Upstream

1824

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 160 × 235 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20176
Turner Bequest CCXIX 15

Catalogue entry

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.
This drawing and others in the 1824 sketchbooks are related to a highly finished watercolour of the town and its castle produced in around 1830 (Stadt Bernkastel-Kues); see Tate D19757–D19760, D20177–D20182; Turner Bequest CCXVI 104a–106, CCXIX 16–21.1
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.465 no.1378; reproduced in colour in Powell 1995, p.108.
Verso:
Blank

Alice Rylance-Watson
November 2013

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