This view shows the towns of Traben and Trarbach, overlooked on the right by the vestiges of the castle Grevenburg (see Tate D20186; Turner Bequest CCXIX 25). In the distance, on the left, is the Starkenburg, a ruined castle which crowns a towering ridge sloping down from the Hunsrück to the Moselle. Only the remnants of the castle’s curtain walls are discernable. Constructed on Roman foundations, Starkenburg fort was from 1125 the residence of the noble family of Sponheim, until the French Revolutionary armies dissolved their estate.
Both the Grevenburg and Starkenburg are recorded in the Rivers Meuse and Moselle sketchbook of 1824 (Tate D19771; Turner Bequest CCXVI 111a).