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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Donaustauf and the Walhalla, near Regensburg, from the River Danube; Coburg, with Veste Coburg Beyond 1840

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 41 Recto:
Donaustauf and the Walhalla, near Regensburg, from the River Danube; Coburg, with Veste Coburg Beyond 1840
D31356
Turner Bequest CCCX 41
Pencil on cream wove paper, 126 x 198 mm
Partial watermark ‘atman
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘41’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCCX – 41’ top right, ascending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned horizontally, the main view is north-west across the River Danube to Donaustauf, with the spire of St Michael’s Church below the ruins of the castle on the skyline. The prospect turning eastwards to the right is continued in the smaller sketch at the top right, with the pilgrimage church of St Salvator and the rectangular outline of the Walhalla on the skyline beyond. The subject was identified by Cecilia Powell.1 For numerous contemporary views of Donaustauf, the pilgrimage church and the Walhalla in this sketchbook and elsewhere, see under folio 33 verso (D31341);2 for nearby Regensburg, see under folio 18 verso (D31311).3
Below, the other way up, is a cramped sketch from later in the tour, showing the town of Coburg and the fortress of Veste Coburg beyond to the east, through trees which are continued a little way across the gutter onto folio 40 verso opposite (D31355); again, the subject was identified by Powell.4 For many other Coburg views, see under folio 1 verso (D31278).5

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Powell 1995, p.243.
2
See also ibid., pp.70, 82 note 53.
3
See ibid., pp.69, 81 note 45.
4
See ibid., p.243.
5
See also ibid., pp.72, 82 notes 63 and 64.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Donaustauf and the Walhalla, near Regensburg, from the River Danube; Coburg, with Veste Coburg Beyond 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-donaustauf-and-the-walhalla-near-regensburg-from-the-river-r1196144, accessed 17 September 2021.