Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hals and Burg Hals to the North above the River Ilz; the Entrance Gate to Burg Hals from the Market Place


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 198 × 126 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCX 61 a

Catalogue entry

Turner used this page both vertically and horizontally for two aspects of the same subject, as identified by Cecilia Powell.1 The more detailed view shows the view north to the ruins of Burg Hals, near Passau, climbing the spine of its rocky ridge (now wooded) within a tight meander of the River Ilz. Below in the foreground is the riverside village of Hals, with the spire of St George’s Church on the left. This view is numbered ‘1’, with what Powell notes as a ‘tiny continuation’ of the view up the river to the right of the castle as a thumbnail detail at the bottom left, labelled ‘2’.
With the page turned horizontally, drawing ‘3’ is a looser view of the castle beyond flanking houses, seen from the Marktplatz just north of the church with a figure or figures in the foreground. The full-page Hals view on folio 66 verso (D31407) is numbered ‘4’; for numerous other contemporary views of the village and castle ruins on adjacent pages of this sketchbook and elsewhere, see under folio 58 verso (D31391).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

See Powell 1995, p.244.

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