Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Drachenfels, from the Rhine

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 x 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28616
Turner Bequest CCXCI 41

Catalogue entry

This sketch and that on the folio opposite (Tate D28615; Turner Bequest CCXCI 40a) show similar views of the Drachenfels (or ‘Dragon’s Rock’) in the Siebengebirge mountain range located between Königswinter and Bad Honnef. The ruined castle seen atop the mountain is the Burg Drachenfels, built between 1138 and 1167 by Archbishop Arnold I of Cologne; it was besieged by the Swedes during the Thirty Years’ War and never reconstructed.1

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

1
‘Burg Drachenfels’, Siebengebirge, accessed 13 August 2013 http://www.siebengebirge.de/

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