Not on display
In this gouache Turner pictures Gondorf and the Castle of Leyen, located on the banks of the tranquil Moselle. Until the early nineteenth century the castle was home to the Counts of Leyen, described, rather fawningly, by Bartholomew Stritch as ‘one of the noblest and most ancient races of the Moselle’.1 By Turner’s visit in 1839 the family had sold their ancestral ‘Knightly cradle’, and, by 1876, the castle itself was quite literally bisected by Prussian engineers whilst they created the Trier to Koblenz railway.2
Turner sketched both Gondorf and the Leyen Burg in 1824 (Tate D19811, D20387, D20396; Turner Bequest CCXVI 130a, CCXXIV 91, 100) and in two of the sketchbooks belonging to the 1839 tour (Tate D28305, D28583–D28588; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 8, CCXCI 24a–27). This gouache is based on CCXCI 24a, one of a series of quick sketches jotted down as the artist saw Gondorf coming into view from the river.
Inscribed in pencil ‘23–1203’ at top left.
- River Mosel(336)