Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant Views of Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein, Looking down the Rhine; The Charterhouse at Koblenz


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 118 × 78 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVI 140

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has jotted an array of slight sketches showing Koblenz and the Ehrenbreitstein citadel. The Kartause Sankt Beatusberg, Koblenz’s charterhouse or Carthusian monastery, is also visible, according to Cecilia Powell.1
For Turner’s earliest sketches of Koblenz and Ehrenbreitstein, produced in 1817, see Tate D12802–D12806, D12809, D12894–D12908; Turner Bequest CLX 52a–54a, 56, CLXI 7–15. His 1824 drawings include: Tate D19785, D19818–D19821, D19826, D19828; Turner Bequest CCXVI 117a, 134–135a, 138, 139. Later drawings from 1839 and colour studies can be found on: Tate D24804, D24809, D24833, D25307, D28302–D28303, D28351–D28356, D28444–D28447, D28529–D28536, D28603–D28609, D26613–D28614; Turner Bequest CCLIX 239, 244, 268, CCLXIII 185, CCLXXXIX 6a–7, CCXC 1–3a, 47a–49, 87a–91, CCXCI 34a–37a, 39a–40.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

Powell 1991, Appendix, p.210. See also ‘Kloster St Beatusberg (Koblenz)’, Klöster und Stifte in Rhineland-Pfalz, accessed 13 June 2014,

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