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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Rheinfelden: the Covered Bridge 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Recto:
?Rheinfelden: the Covered Bridge 1802
Turner Bequest LXXVII 2
Pencil on white wove paper, 154 x 240 mm
Inscribed illegibly by Turner in pencil, bottom right, and again below ? ‘Mischstern’
Stamped in black ‘LXXVII – 2’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner passed through Rheinfelden on his way back along the Rhine towards Basle; see also folio 39 of this sketchbook (D04782). What is presumably his cabriolet appears drawn up on the right. This seems to be a view of the covered bridge over the Rhine, seen from the north, if the upper part of the end wall of the bridge, above the arched entrance, has suffered some damage; Turner’s views from his later visits, for example Rheinfelden, the Covered Bridge, from the North, 1844 (Tate D35143; Turner Bequest CCCXLIX 19), and a daguerreotype taken for John Ruskin by Frederick Crawley, 1858 (Ruskin Galleries, Bembridge School, Isle of Wight),1 may show it after repairs. Turner’s inscription is puzzling. Conceivably it refers to the Messerturm, one of the towers in Rheinfelden’s town walls, but situated above the river some distance away it would not have been visible from his position here, on the approach to the bridge.
Ian Warrell, Through Switzerland with Turner: Ruskin’s First Selection from the Turner Bequest, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1995, p.20 reproduced fig.10.

David Blayney Brown
March 2004

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘?Rheinfelden: the Covered Bridge 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2004, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-rheinfelden-the-covered-bridge-r1133440, accessed 18 July 2024.