Joseph Mallord William Turner

Oberwesel and the Schönburg, Looking Upstream past the Liebfrauenkirche from Inland

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
D28465
Turner Bequest CCXC 58

Catalogue entry

Turner took this sketch of Oberwesel from within the town, looking up the Rhine towards the medieval Parish Church of Our Lady (Pfarrkirche Liebfrauen), ‘said to be’, the author and traveller Michael Joseph Quin writes, ‘one of the most finished and beautiful specimens of the decorated style of Gothic architecture to be found on the Rhine’.1 Part of Oberwesel’s turreted defensive wall can be seen in front of the church. Beyond is the twelfth-century Castle Schönburg.
This sketch and those on Tate D28459–D28464; Turner Bequest CCXC 55–57a are the preliminary material for a highly finished watercolour and gouache drawing of 1840.2

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

1
Michael Joseph Quin, Steam voyages on the Seine, the Moselle, & the Rhine: with railroad visits to the principal cities of Belgium, London 1843, p.124.
2
Shanes, Joll, Warrell and others 2000, p.222 no.101.

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