Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bornhofen and Burg Sterrenberg

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: 100 x 163 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28511
Turner Bequest CCXC 80

Catalogue entry

Rendered in agile line, this sketch shows the village of Bornhofen in the Rhine Gorge, near the town of Boppard. Above it is the Burg Sterrenberg, a castle built in 1100 to protect the territories of its lords, the von Bolanden family and to safeguard the toll station and customs office in Bornhofen.1 Following the decline of the Bolandens at the end of the fourteenth century the castle passed on to the archbishopric of Trier. By 1456, however, it had fallen into ruin.2
Sterrenberg is also depicted on Tate D28513–D28515; Turner Bequest CCXC 81–82a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

1
‘The Castle’, Burg Sterrenberg, http://www.burg-sterrenberg.de/english/die-burg.html, accessed 31 July 2013.
2
Ibid.

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