Joseph Mallord William Turner

Burg Bischofstein and the Pauluskapelle

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 × 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28564
Turner Bequest CCXCI 14 a

Catalogue entry

The Burg Bischofstein’s ‘tall cylindrical donjon tower’, with its ‘well-defined white streak’, is shown to full effect in this sketch, perched atop a craggy ledge.1 Adjacent to the castle is ‘the ruins of an old chapel, surrounded by brambles’ and lower down, the Pauluskapelle, a Gothic chapel decorated with ‘ancient ornaments and mitred windows’.2 The pathway leading past these historic monuments, Quin writes, was strewn with ‘small shrines, and fragments of... images of saints, shewing that this was a place where pilgrimages were performed in other days’.3 As Turner’s rendering of this ruined scene shows, a heavy air of ‘silence and solitude... prevail’ at Bischofstein.4
For other depictions of the Burg Bischofstein in this sketchbook see Tate D28562–D28563, D28565–D28566; Turner Bequest CCXCI 13a–14, 15–15a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

1
Michael Joseph Quin, Steam voyages on the Seine, the Moselle, & the Rhine, London 1843, p.57.
2
Ibid.
3
Ibid.
4
Ibid.

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