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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Burg Hals and Hals to the South, down the River Ilz 1840

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 59 Verso:
Burg Hals and Hals to the South, down the River Ilz 1840
Turner Bequest CCCX 59a
Pencil on cream wove paper, 126 x 198 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As identified by Cecilia Powell, this horizontal view shows the ruins of Burg Hals,1 near Passau (over the distant hills), looking south down the rocky valley of the River Ilz, now heavily wooded. The spire of St George’s Church is lightly indicated in the village beyond the castle. As Powell has observed, the viewpoint is similar to those adopted for two contemporary watercolour studies, on grey and brown paper (Tate D24776, D36162; Turner Bequest CCLIX 211, CCCLXIV 305), respectively from further up and down the valley.2 Compare also folio 60 verso (D31395).
For numerous further 1840 views of Hals and its castle ruins on adjacent pages of this sketchbook and elsewhere, see under folio 58 verso (D31391).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

See Powell 1995, p.244.
See ibid., p.161.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Burg Hals and Hals to the South, down the River Ilz 1840 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2018, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2019, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-burg-hals-and-hals-to-the-south-down-the-river-ilz-r1196181, accessed 20 May 2022.