Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Leyen Burg at Gondorf


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Support: 138 × 188 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIX 23

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The Leyen Burg is the only Mosel castle that is situated immediately on the river bank and it presented a highly picturesque sight to river travellers before it was brutally bisected by the Trier to Coblenz railway in 1876. No.77 records the very strong impact it made on Turner as it first came into view. The colouring here is far closer to that of no.96 depicting Dinant on the Meuse than that of neighbouring Kobern (no.78), showing that Turner worked on these scenes in several different batches irrespective of their subject matter.

Gallery label, August 2004

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