Joseph Mallord William Turner

Burg Rheinfels and Sankt Goar, Looking Downstream from the Riverfront at Sankt Goar

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: 163 x 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28456
Turner Bequest CCXC 53 a

Catalogue entry

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

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.459 no.1327.

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