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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Wehlen and Zeltingen, Looking Downstream 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 22 Recto:
Wehlen and Zeltingen, Looking Downstream 1824
Turner Bequest CCXIX 22
Pencil, chalk and watercolour on white wove paper, 160 x 235 mm
Watermark ‘j wh[atman] | turk[ey mills] | 1[824]’
Inscribed in red ink ‘22’ by Ruskin bottom right
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXIX–22’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Here Turner shows the neighbouring towns of Wehlen, on the left, and Zeltingen on the right. Overlooking the latter of these is a large cube-like, fort-like structure, built into the rock and perched on the hillside amongst the vines. This is the medieval Kunibertsburg, a castle dating back to 1182, which once belonged to the Electorate of Cologne.1 Zeltingen’s church, marked out by its slender and tapering spire, is mirrored by Wehlen’s on the left. Both are highlighted with gleaming flecks of chalk, used also at the river’s edge to evoke the crystalline waters of the Moselle.
At top right Turner has drawn a small detail of a building, perhaps the church at either Wehlen or Zeltingen.
‘Ruine Kunibertsburg’, Datenbank der Kulturgüter in der Region Trier, accessed 26 November 2013, http://www.roscheiderhof.de/kulturdb/client/einObjekt.php?id=4776

Alice Rylance-Watson
November 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Wehlen and Zeltingen, 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-wehlen-and-zeltingen-looking-downstream-r1174924, accessed 27 June 2022.