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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Schloss Stolzenfels and Kapellen, Looking Downstream 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 89 Verso:
Schloss Stolzenfels and Kapellen, Looking Downstream 1839
Turner Bequest CCXC 85 a
Pencil on flecked off-white wove paper, 100 x 163 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view is of the Castle Stolzenfels, built into the foothills of the Rhine valley overlooking the village of Kapellen. Completed in 1259, the castle was constructed to defend a toll station on the river. Over the centuries it has been extended several times, occupied and destroyed by French and Swedish troops during both the Thirty Years’ and Nine Years’ Wars. It lay in ruin until 1815 when the Prussian King Frederick William IV was given the castle as a gift by the city of Koblenz.
For other representations of the Schloss Stolzenfels in this sketchbook see Tate D28449, D28527, D28528; Turner Bequest CCXC 50, 86a, 87. For earlier drawings see the Waterloo and Rhine and Rhine sketchbooks of 1817 (Tate D12808, D12812, D12882, D12907, D12909, D12975, D12977; CLX 55a, 57a, 93, CLXI 14, 16, 49a, 50a). See also the 1824 Meuse and Moselle sketchbook (Tate D19829, D19831; Turner Bequest CCXVI 139a, 140a).

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Schloss Stolzenfels and Kapellen, Looking Downstream 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-schloss-stolzenfels-and-kapellen-looking-downstream-r1150805, accessed 10 December 2019.