Joseph Mallord William Turner

Schloss Stolzenfels and Kapellen, Looking Downstream


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 100 x 163 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXC 85 a

Catalogue entry

This view is of the Castle Stolzenfels, built into the foothills of the Rhine valley overlooking the village of Kapellen. Completed in 1259, the castle was constructed to defend a toll station on the river. Over the centuries it has been extended several times, occupied and destroyed by French and Swedish troops during both the Thirty Years’ and Nine Years’ Wars. It lay in ruin until 1815 when the Prussian King Frederick William IV was given the castle as a gift by the city of Koblenz.
For other representations of the Schloss Stolzenfels in this sketchbook see Tate D28449, D28527, D28528; Turner Bequest CCXC 50, 86a, 87. For earlier drawings see the Waterloo and Rhine and Rhine sketchbooks of 1817 (Tate D12808, D12812, D12882, D12907, D12909, D12975, D12977; CLX 55a, 57a, 93, CLXI 14, 16, 49a, 50a). See also the 1824 Meuse and Moselle sketchbook (Tate D19829, D19831; Turner Bequest CCXVI 139a, 140a).

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

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