Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of Coblenz and Ehrenbreitstein, Looking down the Rhine from the West Bank on the Road to Kapellen


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 220 × 291 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVIII 23

Catalogue entry

Drawing from a point on the Rhine in the direction of its confluence with the Moselle, Turner has recorded a distant view of the city of Koblenz at left and the fortress of Ehrenbrietstein atop the cliff at right. At Koblenz, the delicately wrought profiles of the Basilica of St Kastor, Florinskirche, and the twin-towered Church of Our Lady are visible.
For earlier depictions of Ehrenbreitstein and Koblenz see the Waterloo and Rhine sketchbook of 1817 (Tate D12781–D12783, D12802–D12806, D12809; Turner Bequest CLX 42–43, 52a–54a, 56) and the Rhine sketchbook of the same date (Tate D12894, D12899, D12901–D12902, D12908; Turner Bequest 7, 10, 11–11a, 15). For other 1824 drawings, see the Rivers Meuse and Moselle sketchbook (Tate D19785, D19818–D19821, D19826–D19830; Turner Bequest CCXVI 117a, 134–135a, 140).

Alice Rylance-Watson
December 2013

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