Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Mäuseturm and Burg Ehrenfels; The Mäuseturm

1835

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 × 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30648
Turner Bequest CCCIV 9 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch was taken on the Rhine as Turner passed the riverside town of Bingen. The view shows two nearby fortifications, the Mäuseturm and Burg Ehrenfels, erected by the Archbishopric of Mainz to protect territories and collect taxes. A separate sketch of the Mäuseturm is at rear.
See also Tate D12829, D12835, D12840–D12841, D12944–D12945, D12948–D12949, D28492–D28493, D29598, D29737, D29739–D29742, D29744–D29745, D30583–D30584, D30586, D30589, D30644–D30645, D30651; Turner Bequest CLX 66, 69, 71a–72, CLXI 33a–34, 35a–36, CCXC 71a–72, CCXCVI 2a, 72a, 73a–75, 76–76a, CCCIII 63a–64a, 65a, 67, CCCIV 7a–8, 11. There are also two watercolours of Bingen produced in 1817 (Private Collection and British Museum).1

Alice Rylance-Watson
November 2015

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, pp.378–9 nos 679 and 682.

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