Joseph Mallord William Turner

Burg Gutenfels, Kaub and the Pfalz Looking Upstream

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
D28499
Turner Bequest CCXC 75

Catalogue entry

This slight sketch shows the town of Kaub, situated between Oberwesel and Bachrach on the right bank of the Rhine. The view encompasses the twelfth-century Burg Gutenfels (also known as Castle Caub) atop the cliff at left, the evangelical rectory and spired Catholic church below, and the Pfalzgrafenstein, a toll castle on Falkenau island in the Rhine, at right. The Pfalz was erected in the fourteenth century to collect levys from ships passing through this stretch of the river for Castle Gutenfels.1

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

1
‘Geschichte’, Burg Pfalzgrafenstein, http://www.burg-pfalzgrafenstein.de/geschichte, accessed 30 July 2013.

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