Joseph Mallord William Turner

Oberwesel, Looking Downstream from the Approach to the Schönburg

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
D28468
Turner Bequest CCXC 59 a

Catalogue entry

Framed by valley hillsides, Turner depicts the medieval Church of Our Lady (Pfarrkirche Liebfrauen), ‘said to be one of the most finished and beautiful specimens of the decorated style of Gothic architecture to be found on the Rhine’, according to Quin.1 The spire of the church appears in the following folio (Tate D28469; Turner Bequest CCXC 60). Amongst the buildings roughly sketched around the Liebfrauenkirche are the turrets belonging to Oberwesel’s defensive walls.

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.

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