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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Hammerstein, Looking Upstream, and with Andernach in the Distance; Burg Rheineck, Looking Downstream, and with Sailing Boats 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 147 Verso:
Hammerstein, Looking Upstream, and with Andernach in the Distance; Burg Rheineck, Looking Downstream, and with Sailing Boats 1824
D19839
Turner Bequest CCXVI 144 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 118 x 78 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Rinek’ centre (inverted)
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This series of views, executed in crisp and nimble line, depicts the Rhine valley and the settlements of Hammerstein, Andernach, and Rheineck (see Tate D19836, D19838; Turner Bequest CCXVI 143, 144). The drawings are produced with the sketchbook turned upside down. Hammerstein is pictured in the two uppermost prospects which clearly show the ruins of its castle, situated in a strategic position on the crest of rock. Andernach is suggested cursorily in the second view of Hammerstein. The central and lowermost views are of the Burg Rheineck, another medieval feudal seat that dominates a village of the same name. The rear view gives the best impression of the castle: its dilapidated, ivy-mantled towers and chapel perched on the very edge of the cliff (see also Tate D12660, D12792–D12793, D12858–D12859; Turner Bequest CLIX 82, CLX 47a–48, 80a–81). A fleet of tall sailing boats can also be seen, gliding across the waters beneath the ancient castle.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Hammerstein, Looking Upstream, and with Andernach in the Distance; Burg Rheineck, Looking Downstream, and with Sailing Boats 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-hammerstein-looking-upstream-and-with-andernach-in-the-r1174632, accessed 04 March 2021.