Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ehrenbreitstein from the Mosel

1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 100 x 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28596
Turner Bequest CCXCI 31

Catalogue entry

This slight and roughly rendered sketch depicts the fortress of Ehrenbreitstein, or Festung Ehrenbreitstein, crowning a lofty ridge overlooking the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. A citadel has dominated this site on the east bank of the Rhine opposite Koblenz since the eleventh century.1 Besieged by the French during their revolutionary wars, it was later expanded under the orders of the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III between 1817 and 1828 to guard the middle Rhine region. A figure can be seen at the foot of the cliff sailing a long river barge which is similar to the Rhine passenger boats shown on Tate D28611–D28612; Turner Bequest CCXCI 38a–39.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

1
‘Festung Ehrenbreitstein’, Koblenz-Touristik, accessed 11 August 2013, http://www.koblenz-touristik.de/en/places-of-interest/buildings-and-places/festung-ehrenbreitstein.html

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