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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Marienburg 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Recto:
The Marienburg 1824
Turner Bequest CCXIX 3
Pencil, gouache and watercolour on white wove paper, 160 x 235 mm
Inscribed in red ink by Ruskin ‘3’ bottom right
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXIX–3’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This finely rendered pencil sketch shows the Marienburg, a former Augustinian monastery, built atop a peak near the town of Zell. The bleeding and feathering of the grey watercolour wash evokes the sense of a chilly morning mist hanging heavy in the valley.
Turner recorded the monastery extensively during his 1824 tour; see Tate D19773–D19775, D19779, D19780, D20163, D20187; Turner Bequest CCXVI 112a–113a, 114a, 115, CCXIX 2, 26. See also the later 1839 drawings in the First Mossel and Oxford and Trèves to Cochem and Coblenz to Mayence sketchbooks (Tate D28299, D28379, D28380; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 5, CCXC 15, 15a).

Alice Rylance-Watson
November 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘The Marienburg 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2013, 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-the-marienburg-r1174911, accessed 27 June 2022.