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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Oberwesel, Looking Downstream from the Approach to the Schönburg 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 59 Verso:
Oberwesel, Looking Downstream from the Approach to the Schönburg 1839
D28468
Turner Bequest CCXC 59 a
Pencil on flecked off-white wove paper, 100 x 163 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Framed by valley hillsides, Turner depicts the medieval Church of Our Lady (Pfarrkirche Liebfrauen), ‘said to be one of the most finished and beautiful specimens of the decorated style of Gothic architecture to be found on the Rhine’, according to Quin.1 The spire of the church appears in the following folio (Tate D28469; Turner Bequest CCXC 60). Amongst the buildings roughly sketched around the Liebfrauenkirche are the turrets belonging to Oberwesel’s defensive walls.

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

1
Michael Joseph Quin, Steam voyages on the Seine, the Moselle, & the Rhine: with railroad visits to the principal cities of Belgium, London 1843, p.124.

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Oberwesel, Looking Downstream from the Approach to the Schönburg 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-looking-downstream-from-the-approach-to-the-r1150751, accessed 18 January 2022.