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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Traben, Trarbach, the Starkenburg and the Grevenburg, Looking Downstream 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 26 Recto:
Traben, Trarbach, the Starkenburg and the Grevenburg, Looking Downstream 1824
D20191
Turner Bequest CCXIX 30
Pencil, chalk and watercolour on white wove paper, 160 x 235 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘30’ by Ruskin bottom right
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXIX–30’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view shows the towns of Traben and Trarbach, overlooked on the right by the vestiges of the castle Grevenburg (see Tate D20186; Turner Bequest CCXIX 25). In the distance, on the left, is the Starkenburg, a ruined castle which crowns a towering ridge sloping down from the Hunsrück to the Moselle. Only the remnants of the castle’s curtain walls are discernable. Constructed on Roman foundations, Starkenburg fort was from 1125 the residence of the noble family of Sponheim, until the French Revolutionary armies dissolved their estate.
Both the Grevenburg and Starkenburg are recorded in the Rivers Meuse and Moselle sketchbook of 1824 (Tate D19771; Turner Bequest CCXVI 111a).
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Alice Rylance-Watson
November 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Traben, Trarbach, the Starkenburg and the Grevenburg, Looking Downstream 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-traben-trarbach-the-starkenburg-and-the-grevenburg-looking-r1174929, accessed 28 June 2022.