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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Burg Rheinfels and Sankt Goar, Looking Downstream from the Riverfront at Sankt Goar 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 53 Verso:
Burg Rheinfels and Sankt Goar, Looking Downstream from the Riverfront at Sankt Goar 1839
D28456
Turner Bequest CCXC 53 a
Pencil on flecked off-white wove paper, 163 x 100 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This relatively developed sketch shows the imposing and palatial Burg Rheinfels, a defensive fortification belonging to the Counts of Katzenelnbogen. The town of Sankt Goar on the banks of the Rhine is in the foreground. For other drawings of the Rheinfels in this sketchbook see Tate D28455, D28457, D28506, D28507, D28509, D28510; Turner Bequest CCXC 53, 54, 78a, 79a, 79c, 79d. Turner recorded the castle extensively in the Rhine sketchbook of 1817 (Tate D12918–D12923, D12930–D12932, D12935–D12937, D12952–D19260; Turner Bequest CLXI 21a–24, 26–27a, 29–30, 37a–42). See also the 1841 colour sketch (private collection).1

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.459 no.1327.

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Burg Rheinfels and Sankt Goar, Looking Downstream from the Riverfront at Sankt Goar 1839 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 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-rheinfels-and-sankt-goar-looking-downstream-from-the-r1150739, accessed 21 September 2019.