Joseph Mallord William Turner

Burg Ehrenfels, the Mäuseturm, Burg Klopp and Bingen, Looking Upstream from below the Binger Loch

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
D28493
Turner Bequest CCXC 72

Catalogue entry

The Castles Ehrenfels, Klopp, and Bingen, along with the Mäuseturm depicted in the previous folio (Tate D28492; Turner Bequest CCXC 71a), formed a network of defensive fortifications to protect the territory of the archbishopric of Mainz. The castles were of great strategic importance because of their favourable locations around the Binger Loch; they were used as toll stations to collect tax from ships passing through this stretch of the Rhine.1 Here Turner depicts the ruins of all three of these monuments, situated amongst dramatic mountain ranges of the Rhine Gorge.

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

1
See entries for Castles Ehrenfels and Klopp, ‘Castles on the Rhine river in Germany’, Loreley Info, http://www.loreley-info.com/eng/rhein-rhine/castles.php, accessed 28 July 2013.

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