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