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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Burg Bischofstein and the Pauluskapelle 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 14 Verso:
Burg Bischofstein and the Pauluskapelle 1839
Turner Bequest CCXCI 14 a
Pencil on cream laid writing paper, 100 x 156 mm
Watermarked with French imperial eagle
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The Burg Bischofstein’s ‘tall cylindrical donjon tower’, with its ‘well-defined white streak’, is shown to full effect in this sketch, perched atop a craggy ledge.1 Adjacent to the castle is ‘the ruins of an old chapel, surrounded by brambles’ and lower down, the Pauluskapelle, a Gothic chapel decorated with ‘ancient ornaments and mitred windows’.2 The pathway leading past these historic monuments, Quin writes, was strewn with ‘small shrines, and fragments of... images of saints, shewing that this was a place where pilgrimages were performed in other days’.3 As Turner’s rendering of this ruined scene shows, a heavy air of ‘silence and solitude... prevail’ at Bischofstein.4
For other depictions of the Burg Bischofstein in this sketchbook see Tate D28562–D28563, D28565–D28566; Turner Bequest CCXCI 13a–14, 15–15a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

Michael Joseph Quin, Steam voyages on the Seine, the Moselle, & the Rhine, London 1843, p.57.

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Burg Bischofstein and the Pauluskapelle 1839 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-burg-bischofstein-and-the-pauluskapelle-r1150848, accessed 20 January 2022.