Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coblenz and Ehrenbreitstein from just South of the Fort


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 100 × 163 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXC 44 a

Catalogue entry

This slight and roughly rendered sketch depicts the fortress of Ehrenbreitstein, or Festung Ehrenbreitstein, which crowns the lofty heights in the background. A citadel has dominated this site on the east bank of the Rhine opposite the town of Koblenz since the eleventh century.1 Turner has inscribed the word ‘Well’ below the scene in the foreground.
For other drawings of Ehrenbreitstein and Koblenz in this sketchbook see Tate D28351D28353, D28356, D28437, D28439–D28447, D28530–D28533; Turner Bequest CCXC 1–2, 3a, 44, 45–49, 88–89a. See also Enhrenbreitstein in depicted in two other sketchbooks belonging to the 1839 tour: the First Mossel and Oxford (Tate D28297, D28301, D28306, D28316, D28317; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 4, 6, 7, 8a, 13a, 14) and the Cochem to Coblenz – Home (Tate D28603, D28605–D28607; Turner Bequest CCXCI 34a, 35a–36a).

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

‘Festung Ehrenbreitstein’, Koblenz-Touristik,, accessed 11 July 2013.

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