Joseph Mallord William Turner

Oberwesel and the Schönburg, Looking Upstream

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 × 163 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28460
Turner Bequest CCXC 55 a

Catalogue entry

Rendered with fine, agile line Turner depicts the town of Oberwesel with the medieval crenellated Ochsenturm (‘Ox Tower’) at centre. The spire of the Pfarrkirche Liebfrauen and Saint Werner’s Chapel are also in view. In the distance, crowning a mount, is the Schönburg Castle.
This sketch and those on Tate D28459, D28461–D28465; Turner Bequest CCXC 55, 56–58 are the preliminary material for a highly finished watercolour and gouache drawing of 1840.1

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

1
See Shanes, Joll, Warrell and others 2000, p.222 no.101 and Powell 1991, p.118 no.30, reproduced.

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