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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Beilstein and Burg Metternich, Looking Downstream 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 28 Recto:
Beilstein and Burg Metternich, Looking Downstream 1824
Turner Bequest CCXIX 6
Pencil, chalk and watercolour on white wove paper, 160 x 235 mm
Watermark ‘[j wha]tman | [turke]y mills | [18]24’
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘R’ at centre
Inscribed in red ink ‘6’ by Ruskin bottom right
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXIX–6’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Diminutive amid the rugged slopes of the Moselle valley, Turner shows the town of Beilstein at left, presided over by the castle Metternich, once the property, as Bartholomew Stritch writes, ‘of the Electors of Treves... held for them by the noble vassals the counts of Matternich and Winneburg’.1
For further drawings of the Burg Metternich, belonging to the 1824 tour, see Tate D19784, D19787, D19788, D19790, D19792, D20166; Turner Bequest CCXVI 117, 118a, 119, 120, 121, CCXIX 5). For later works, see Tate D20239, D28301, D28320, D28321, D28364, D28366–D28368, D28527, D28537; Turner Bequest CCXXI F, CCLXXXIX 6a, 15a, 16, CCXC 7a, 8a–9a, 86a, 91a.
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.57.

Alice Rylance-Watson
November 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Beilstein and Burg Metternich, Looking Downstream 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2013, 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-beilstein-and-burg-metternich-looking-downstream-r1174931, accessed 27 June 2022.