Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sankt Goar and Burg Rheinfels, Looking Downstream

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
D28507
Turner Bequest CCXC 79 a

Catalogue entry

Rendered roughly and quickly, here Turner has represented the town of Sankt Goar with the medieval and crenellated Castle Rheinfels above it. In the foreground at left is Sankt Goar’s evangelical church.
Rheinfels is depicted elsewhere in this sketchbook on Tate D28455–D28457, D28506, D28509, D28510; Turner Bequest CCXC 53–54, 78a, 79c, 79d. Turner recorded the castle extensively in the Rhine sketchbook of 1817 (Tate D12918–D12923, D12930–D12932, D12935–D12937, D12952–D19260; Turner Bequest CLXI 21a–24, 26–27a, 29–30, 37a–42). See also the 1841 colour sketch (private collection).1

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.459 no.1327.

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