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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Pilgrimage Church at Burg Hohenbregenz on the Gebhardsberg, above Bregenz and Lake Constance (the Bodensee) 1840

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 6 Verso:
The Pilgrimage Church at Burg Hohenbregenz on the Gebhardsberg, above Bregenz and Lake Constance (the Bodensee) 1840
D32274
Turner Bequest CCCXX 6a
Pencil on white wove paper, 89 x 149 mm
Inscribed by Turner ‘[?warm]’, ‘3’ and ‘[... | ...] any thing’ towards top left, ‘no 2’ towards top right, ‘[?warm]’ above left of centre, ‘G[?ebrd]’ bottom centre, and ‘no’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the pages turned horizontally, folios 5 verso, 6 recto and 6 verso (D32272–D32274) show aspects of the south-eastern end of the pilgrimage church at Burg Hohenbregenz on its dramatic rocky cliff (since softened by trees) on the Gebhardsberg mountain south of Bregenz. Lake Constance (the Bodensee) stretches to the north-west beyond in the main view here, with the setting sun low over the horizon. Above to the left and right are smaller variations numbered ‘2’ and ‘3’ with the simplified crag shown in silhouette as dusk falls among the pines.
See under folio 2 verso (D32266) for Bregenz views on adjacent pages and four related watercolours on blue paper.1 The drawings on folios 4 recto–6 verso (D32269–D32274) are all from Gebhardsberg viewpoints, the present one being the last made in the immediate area of the city.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See also Edward Yardley, ‘Picture Notes: A View of Old Bregenz’, Turner Studies, vol.2, no.2, Winter 1983, pp.54–5, Powell 1995, pp.65, 81 note 8, 155, and Joanna Selborne in Selborne, Andrew Wilton and Cecilia Powell, Paths to Fame: Turner Watercolours from The Courtauld Collection, exhibition catalogue, Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere 2008, pp.96 under no.17, 98 note 2.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘The Pilgrimage Church at Burg Hohenbregenz on the Gebhardsberg, above Bregenz and Lake Constance (the Bodensee) 1840 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2018, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2019, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-pilgrimage-church-at-burg-hohenbregenz-on-the-r1196509, accessed 07 August 2022.