Joseph Mallord William Turner

Burg Katz, St Goarhausen, and a Glimpse of the Rhine Gorge and St Goar, from the Forstbachtal


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 202 × 265 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXI 28

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The picturesque scenery of the Rhine, with its rugged cliffs and dramatic ruins towering over the winding river, has enchanted artists and tourists of many nationalities from Turner's day to our own. In late August 1817 he used this sketchbook alongside no.6 to record similar subjects in greater detail on its much larger pages. These two sketches show the towns and castles which lie at the heart of every traveller's experiences of the Rhine. From St Goar Turner could look up at Burg Rheinfels and downstream to Burg Maus. For the facing sketch he crossed the river to St Goarshausen and walked up the hill to the side of Burg Katz.

Gallery label, August 2004

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