J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Alken and Burg Thurandt, Looking Upstream; Gondorf, Looking Downstream 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 131 Verso:
Alken and Burg Thurandt, Looking Upstream; Gondorf, Looking Downstream 1824
D19809
Turner Bequest CCXVI 129 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 118 x 78 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Rock’ centre left; ‘Condoff’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
On this sheet Turner makes further studies of the ancient Burg Thurandt and the village of Alken over which it presides (see also Tate D19806–D19809; Turner Bequest CCXVI 128–129a). The artist makes note of the sheer vertiginous cliffs at left in the central sketch: geology typical of this stretch of the Moselle, according to the travel writer Bartholomew Stritch, who speaks of ‘a lofty barrier of rocks’ near Alken.1 The rear sketch is a diminutive yet carefully rendered view of Gondorf (inscribed ‘Condoff’ by Turner). Stritch describes the settlement as a ‘large and handsome village, occupying a romantic site on the left bank of the river’.2 For further sketches of Gondorf see Tate D19810–D19811, D24588, D28300, D28583–D28585; Turner Bequest CCXVI 130–130a, CCLIX 23, CCLXXXIX 5a, CCXCI 24a–25a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

1
Bartholomew Stritch, The Meuse, the Moselle, and the Rhine; or, A six weeks’ tour through the finest river scenery in Europe, by B.S., London 1845, p.63.
2
Ibid.

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Alken and Burg Thurandt, Looking Upstream; Gondorf, Looking Downstream 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-alken-and-burg-thurandt-looking-upstream-gondorf-looking-r1174600, accessed 04 March 2021.