Joseph Mallord William Turner

Niederlahnstein, Burg Lahneck and Oberlahnstein, Looking Downstream


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 100 × 163 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXC 51 a

Catalogue entry

This roughly rendered sketch shows Lahneck Castle atop a mount in the distance with the towns of Upper and Lower Lahnstein in the foreground. Turner took this view looking downstream on the Rhine.
For depictions of Burg Lahneck, Niederlahnstein and Oberlahnstein elsewhere in this sketchbook see Tate D28448, D28450, D28451, D28453, D28524–D28528; Turner Bequest CCXC 49a, 50a, 51, 52, 85–87. For earlier views see the Itinerary Rhine Tour sketchbook of 1817 (Tate D12659; Turner Bequest CCLIX 81a); the Waterloo and Rhine and Rhine sketchbooks of the same date (Tate D12808, D12811, D12812, D12852, D12906, D12907, D12911, D12980; Turner Bequest CLX 55a, 57, 57a, 77, CLXI 13a, 14, 17, 52). See also the 1824 sketchbooks Rivers Meuse and Moselle and Trèves and Rhine (Tate D19829, D19831, D19833, D19834, D20157, D20159; Turner Bequest CCXVI 139a, 140a, 141a, 142, CCXVIII 19, 21).

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

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