Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Sonnenburg, near Wiesbaden

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: 163 x 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28480
Turner Bequest CCXC 65 a

Catalogue entry

This rough and swiftly rendered sketch shows the crumbling ruins of the keep and curtain wall of the Burg Sonnenburg, the ancient seat of the Counts of Nassau. Turner has clearly ascended the mount atop which the citadel lays to record it from a closer perspective. Sonnenburg is also depicted on Tate D28478, D28479, D28481, D28482; Turner Bequest CCXC 64a, 65, 66, 66a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

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