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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Bernkastel and the Landshut, Looking Downstream 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Recto:
Bernkastel and the Landshut, Looking Downstream 1824
Turner Bequest CCXIX 21
Pencil, chalk and watercolour on white wove paper, 160 x 235 mm
Watermark ‘j wh[atman] | turk[ey mills] | 1[824]’
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXIX–21’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Here Turner records a fuller picture of the town of Bernkastel on the banks of the Moselle, with the ruins of the Burg Landshut presiding over it atop the mount. This drawing and others in the 1824 sketchbooks are related to a highly finished watercolour of the town and its castle produced in around 1830; see Tate D19757–D19760, D20176–D20181; Turner Bequest CCXVI 104a–106, CCXIX 15–20.1 Bernkastel can be seen at left, at the banks of the river, highlighted with short flecks of chalk to echo that used for the castle itself.
For later views of this picturesque Moselle town and its ancient fortification see the 1839 First Mossel and Oxford and the Trèves to Cochem and Coblenz to Mayence sketchbooks (Tate D28312–D28313, D28406–D28409, D28411–D28412; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 11a–12, CCXC 28a–30, 31–31a)
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.465 no.1378; reproduced in colour in Powell 1995, p.108.

Alice Rylance-Watson
November 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Bernkastel and the Landshut, 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-bernkastel-and-the-landshut-looking-downstream-r1174903, accessed 17 January 2022.