Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bornhofen, Burg Sterrenberg and Burg Liebenstein, Looking Downstream

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 × 163 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28513
Turner Bequest CCXC 81

Catalogue entry

Here Turner shows the village of Bornhofen, presided over by the ruins of the thirteenth-century Castles Liebenstein and Sterrenberg. Together the two castles are known as the ‘Hostile Brothers’ owing to a local legend which tells of two feuding descendents of an old king who constructed the fortifications during a dispute over their inheritance.1 For other sketches of the castles in this book see Tate D28511, D28514, D28515; Turner Bequest CCXC 80, 81a, 82a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

1
‘The Castle: History and Saga’, Hotel Castle Liebenstein, http://www.castle-liebenstein.com/germany/index.html, accessed 31 July 3013.

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