Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ehrenbreitstein from Coblenz

c.1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 141 x 192 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24809
Turner Bequest CCLIX 244

Display caption

None of these three studies has previously been recognised for what it really is, but there can be no mistaking the fortress of Ehrenbreitstein, the large domed church of the Holy Cross and the bridge of boats (compare nos.127-131). Taken together, the three show a wide-angled view in the extended horizontal format often found in much earlier topographical views of rivers. Thus, despite their free handling and their expressive, forward-looking colours, the views are in fact deeply rooted in the topographical traditions of the past, as was the case with much of Turner's most avant-garde work in the late 1830s.

Gallery label, August 2004

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