At the top right, seen from the south-east, is the four-square, neo-classical stone Schloss Ernsthöhe, ‘built for Duke Ernst von Württemberg, a cousin of Prince Albert, and ... completed in the very year of Turner’s visit’.3 Later known as Schloss Hohenfels, and currently the Medau-Schule, it stands on a hill just north-west of the town; this aspect is now largely obscured by trees close to the building. Above to the right is a separate elevation, complete with a flag flying.
Taken from nearby, the main view shows the Veste Coburg fortress, south-south-east of Schloss Ernsthöhe, dominating the Itz Valley high above parkland north-west of the town of Coburg itself, marked principally by the spire of St Moriz’s Church; the valley has been largely built over. Powell recognised the prospect as the source of loosely worked watercolour study (Tate D35948; Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 105),4 also catalogued under the present tour. Compare the main view on folio 22 verso opposite (D31319), itself the basis for a similar watercolour (D36187; CCCLXIV 329).
Lastly, at right-angles on the right and separated by a pencil line, is a similar view across the valley towards Veste Coburg from immediately outside Schloss Ernsthöhe, which is seen where the drawing continues to the right across D31319 opposite. For the numerous other Coburg views in this book, see under folio 1 verso (D31278).5
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