Joseph Mallord William Turner

Burg Hals and Hals to the South, down the River Ilz

1840

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 126 × 198 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31393
Turner Bequest CCCX 59 a

Catalogue entry

As identified by Cecilia Powell, this horizontal view shows the ruins of Burg Hals,1 near Passau (over the distant hills), looking south down the rocky valley of the River Ilz, now heavily wooded. The spire of St George’s Church is lightly indicated in the village beyond the castle. As Powell has observed, the viewpoint is similar to those adopted for two contemporary watercolour studies, on grey and brown paper (Tate D24776, D36162; Turner Bequest CCLIX 211, CCCLXIV 305), respectively from further up and down the valley.2 Compare also folio 60 verso (D31395).
For numerous further 1840 views of Hals and its castle ruins on adjacent pages of this sketchbook and elsewhere, see under folio 58 verso (D31391).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Powell 1995, p.244.
2
See ibid., p.161.

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