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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Oberwesel and the Schönburg Looking Upstream 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 77 Recto:
Oberwesel and the Schönburg Looking Upstream 1839
Turner Bequest CCXC 77
Pencil on flecked off-white wove paper, 100 x 163 mm
Inscribed in blue ink by Ruskin ‘77’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CCXC–77’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Here Turner has recorded a prospect of Oberwesel, a town on the Rhine’s left bank situated between Sankt Goar and Bacharach. The view encompasses the Pfarrkirche Liebfrauen, the tower of Saint Martin’s Parish Church, the Ochsenturm, and the numerous defensive towers connected to Oberwesel’s city walls. The Schönburg Castle, for centuries home to the dukes of that name, is atop the mount at left.
For other sketches of Oberwesel in this sketchbook see Tate D28470, D28483–D28485, D28487–D28491, D28497, D28501; CCXC 60a, 67–68, 69–71, 74, 76. The town and Castle Schönburg also feature in the 1817 Itinerary Rhine Tour and Waterloo and Rhine sketchbooks (Tate D12621–D12623, D12832, D12834–D12837; Turner Bequest CLIX 59–60, CLX 67am 68a–70).

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Oberwesel and the Schönburg Looking Upstream 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-oberwesel-and-the-schonburg-looking-upstream-r1150786, accessed 26 May 2020.