This swiftly rendered sketch depicts the Burg Maus (Mouse Castle) above the village of Wellmich (now part of Sankt Goarshausen) on the east bank of the Rhine. Maus is located north of Burg Katz (Cat Castle) and Burg Rheinfels (see Tate D28455; Turner Bequest CCXC 53).
The Maus belonged to the electors of Trier and was constructed in the fourteenth century to enforce that city’s recently acquired Rhine toll rights and to secure its territories against the Counts of Katzenelnbogen who owned the castles Rheinfels and Katz.1
‘Burg Maus’, Welterbe Oberes Mittelrheintal, http://www
.welterbe, accessed 23 July 2013. -mittelrheintal .de /index .php ?id =104
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