Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Pfalz, Kaub, Burg Gutenfels and the Schönburg, Looking down the River Rhine


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 104 × 170 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCIII 55

Catalogue entry

The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally. As identified by Finberg and Cecilia Powell,1 it shows the Pfalz (Burg Pfalzgrafenstein) on its island in the Rhine, with Kaub beyond on the east bank and Burg Gutenfels high above it, looking north-west down the river, with the ruins of the Schönburg near Oberwesel on the skyline in the distance. Below it is a sailing barge in the foreground, also seen in the similar view on the verso (D30567).
Powell has noted that Turner neared the end of this tour following ‘the familiar route of the Rhine between Mainz and Cologne. He almost certainly travelled by steamer, ... sketching most of the well-known sights perfunctorily as he passed.’2 Given that this sketchbook was used in reverse of its subsequent foliation, she has specified the overall range of this phase as ‘TB CCCIII 68v–20v; 11r’,3 indicating folios 12 recto and 21 verso–69 verso (D30479, D30497–D30592; Turner Bequest CCCIII 20a–68a); see this book’s Introduction for the full itinerary of this part of the journey.
For other Pfalz views in this sketchbook and elsewhere, see under folio 55 verso (D30565; CCCIII 54a), for Burg Gutenfels and Kaub, under folio 54 verso (D30563; CCCIII 53a), and for the Schönburg, under folio 52 recto (D30558; CCCIII 51).
Finberg 1909, II, p.980; Powell 1995, p.246.
Ibid., p.72.
Ibid., p.82 note 70.
Technical notes:
A narrow stroke or splash of what appears to be ink on the verso (D30567) has bled through below right of centre.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

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