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Castle Katz and St. Goarshausen

Burg Katz und St. Goarshausen (Aquarell 1817) / Courtauld Institute Galleries
  • William Turner - Standort 13: Burg Katz und St. Goarshausen
  • (1) The Lorelei; (2) Burg Katz and St Goarhausen, Looking Downstream from just below the Lorelei; (3) Two Villages on the Rhine 1817 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851
  • Burg Katz and St Goarhausen, Looking Downstream 1817 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

On the towpath just outside the village “An der Loreley”, looking towards Burg Katz and St. Goarshausen

On Monday 25th August 1817 Turner continues on his journey towards Mainz. Turner captures this view whilst walking along the towpath, not far from St. Goar. The composition centres on Burg Katz above the little town of St. Goarshausen. In the foreground we see several barge-horses. At this time boats were still towed upstream using »horse power«. Paintings from the late 1830s show how this form of traction was gradually replaced by steam ships. The rich colours that Turner chose for this scene, both in the lighter and the darker areas, are particularly striking. Today Burg Katz is privately owned and is not open to the public.

Aquarell, 1817
Medium: Wasser- und Deckfarbe mit Auskratzungen auf laviertem Papier
Größe: 196 x 307 mm
Sammlung: Courtauld Institute Gallery, London; Turner Worldwide
Referenz: TW0495; Wilton 645