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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Cond and Cochem, Looking Upstream 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 3 Verso:
Cond and Cochem, Looking Upstream 1839
Turner Bequest CCXCI 3 a
Pencil on cream laid writing paper, 100 x 156 mm
Watermarked ‘v d m[eulen]’
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘[?Cloth...]’ bottom left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Here Turner records a view of Cochem looking upstream on the Moselle towards the Reichsburg, a ruined medieval castle which overlooks the city from atop a mount. The castle was first mentioned in a document of 1051 and was for many years the established seat of the palatinate counts until the first German King Konrad III declared it an imperial castle.1 It fell into ruin after an occupation by the French King Louis XIV over the course of the Nine Years War and remained in a decaying state until 1868 when it was rebuilt in the Gothic Revival architectural style.2 In the middle distance is the Church of Saint Martin, with its elaborate spire and onion-shaped cupola (see also Tate D20253, D28540; Turner Bequest CCXXI T, CCXCI 2). Half way up the hill to the right is the former Capuchin monastery, founded in the seventeenth century by Elector Lothar von Metternich. The monastery and church are also shown on the folio opposite (Tate D28544; Turner Bequest CCXCI 4). The village of Cond, situated on the opposite bank to Cochem, is depicted in the far left corner.
‘History of Cochem Castle’, Reichsburg, Cochem, http://www.burg-cochem.de/english/history.htm, accessed 11 July 2013.
Technical notes:
The leather loop on the inside front cover has stained the sheet.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Cond and Cochem, Looking Upstream 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-cond-and-cochem-looking-upstream-r1150826, accessed 07 December 2021.