This relatively developed sketch shows the imposing and palatial Burg Rheinfels, a defensive fortification belonging to the Counts of Katzenelnbogen. The town of Sankt Goar on the banks of the Rhine is in the foreground. For other drawings of the Rheinfels in this sketchbook see Tate D28455, D28457, D28506, D28507, D28509, D28510; Turner Bequest CCXC 53, 54, 78a, 79a, 79c, 79d. Turner recorded the castle extensively in the Rhine sketchbook of 1817 (Tate D12918–D12923, D12930–D12932, D12935–D12937, D12952–D19260; Turner Bequest CLXI 21a–24, 26–27a, 29–30, 37a–42). See also the 1841 colour sketch (private collection).1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.459 no.1327.
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