Joseph Mallord William Turner

The East End of the Mosel Bridge at Coblenz, with the Gate Tower and the Alte Burg

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 × 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28613
Turner Bequest CCXCI 39 a

Catalogue entry

This rough sketch of Koblenz shows the east end of the stone bridge crossing the Moselle. Beyond is the Alte Burg, the ancient residence of the Arken family, built in the Romanesque style in 1185.1 It was converted into a castle in 1277 by an Elector of Trier and was then continually extended and adapted so that it eventually incorporated elements of late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architectural styles.2 By the time of Turner’s visit, the Alte Burg was under the control of the French and being used as a sheet metal factory.3 A gate tower can be seen to the right, defending the castle and access to the bridge.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

1
‘Alte Burg’, Koblenz-Touristik, accessed 13 August 2013, http://www.koblenz-touristik.de/en/places-of-interest/buildings-and-places/alte-burg.html
2
Ibid.
3
Ibid.

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