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 3 Recto:
Bernkastel and the Landshut, Looking Downstream 1824
Turner Bequest CCXIX 20
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–20’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view, rendered in faint, summary pencil line and highlighted in chalk, shows the Moselle town of Bernkastel and the Burg Landshut overlooking it from atop a cliff. The Gothic Church of St Michael, celebrated for its turreted spire, can be seen at left. 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–D20177, D20179–D20180, D20182; Turner Bequest CCXVI 104a–106, CCXIX 15–16, 18–19, 21.1
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-r1174904, accessed 27 June 2022.