Joseph Mallord William Turner

Burg Rheinstein, with Burg Reichenstein and the Clemenskapelle Seen Beyond It, Looking Downstream; Separate Sketches of Hills and Buildings

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
D28494
Turner Bequest CCXC 72 a

Catalogue entry

Here Turner records a prospect of the Burg Rheinstein, a fourteenth-century castle built into a gradient on the Rhine gorge near the town of Trechtingshausen. The feudal lords of the castle were the Electors and Archbishops of Mainz until Prince Frederick of Prussia (1794–1863) purchased Rheinstein in 1823. The Burg Reichenstein and Saint Clement’s Chapel are seen beyond it, on the banks of the river. Turner has also made small sketches of the Rhine valley and some of the buildings he encountered above the principal view.

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

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