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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Treis, with the Zilleskapelle, St John the Baptist's Church and Burg Treis, Looking Upstream 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Recto:
Treis, with the Zilleskapelle, St John the Baptist’s Church and Burg Treis, Looking Upstream 1839
D28557
Turner Bequest CCXCI 11
Pencil on cream laid writing paper, 100 x 156 mm
Watermarked with French imperial eagle
Inscribed in red ink by Ruskin ‘11’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXCI–11’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Rendered with agile line, this sketch shows Treis with the ancient Zilleskapelle crowning the promontory at left, St John the Baptist’s church within the town itself, and the donjon tower of the Burg Treis atop a conical hill at centre. Turner took this sketch as he travelled past Treis by boat on the way to Koblenz and transformed it upon his return to London into a gouache and watercolour drawing on blue paper (Tate D20233; Turner Bequest CCXX Z). See also Treis from the North (Tate D28967; Turner Bequest CCXCII 20) and a further sketch of Treis and the chapel of Zills on folio 9 verso of this sketchbook (Tate D28554; Turner Bequest CCXCI 9 a).

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Treis, with the Zilleskapelle, St John the Baptist’s Church and Burg Treis, Looking Upstream 1839 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 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-treis-with-the-zilleskapelle-st-john-the-baptists-church-and-r1150841, accessed 21 January 2022.