Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coburg, with Veste Coburg in the Distance; the Terrace of Schloss Rosenau

1840

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 126 × 198 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31321
Turner Bequest CCCX 23 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally both ways, there are three sketches of two distinct subjects here. As identified by Cecilia Powell,1 along the gutter and inverted at the top left are two similar views east across Coburg and the surrounding countryside, towards the Veste Coburg fortress on its mound north-east of the town. Schloss Ernsthöhe (later known as Schloss Hohenfels; see under the recto, D31320) may be indicated in the left foreground of both. Later developments make the exact viewpoints uncertain; for the numerous Coburg views in this sketchbook, see under folio 1 verso (D31278).2
Above the larger Coburg view is a study of wooded slopes, with the retaining wall of the garden terrace at Schloss Rosenau,3 about four miles to the north-east, featuring its array of urns and the small tower at its north-western end. Compare the top right of the full-page view of the castle and its setting from the north on folio 22 recto (D31318), under which other sketches in this book and related works are discussed.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Powell 1995, p.243.
2
See also ibid., pp.72, 82 notes 63 and 64.
3
Not noted ibid., p.243.

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