Joseph Mallord William Turner

Treis, with the Zilleskapelle and St John the Baptist’s Church


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 100 × 156 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXCI 9 a

Catalogue entry

This slight and swiftly rendered sketch of Treis was taken from Karden on the opposite bank of the Moselle. St John the Baptist’s Parish Church is seen at far right. It was still a relatively new construction by the time of Turner’s second tour of the Moselle, completed in 1831, to the designs of the Koblenz architect Johann Claudius von Lassaulx.1 At the left, located halfway up the slope of a mountain, is ‘the solitary chapel of Zills’ or the Zilleskapelle.2 The twelfth-century chapel appears on Tate D28557; Turner Bequest CCXCI 11 and also in a tiny sketch taken by Turner in the 1824 Rivers Meuse and Moselle sketchbook (Tate D19801; Turner Bequest CCXVI 125 a).

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

‘Johann Claudius von Lassaulx’, Landschaftsverband Rheinland,, accessed 21 August 2013.
Michael Joseph Quin, Steam voyages on the Seine, the Moselle, & the Rhine, London 1843, p.51; see also ‘Zilleskapelle’, Tries-Karden-Mosel,, accessed 21 August 2013.

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