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Loreley

Loreley (Aquarell 1817) © The Trustees of the British Museum
  • William Turner Route - Standort 15: Blick zur Loreley und Burg Katz
  • (1) (2) The Lorelei, Drawn Travelling Downstream towards It; (3) ?The Lorelei; (4) Storm over the Hills at Peterspay; (5) The Marxburg and Braubach Church from the Rhine 1817 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

At the end of the towpath; Looking towards the Lorelei and Burg Katz

Turner sketches this other view looking towards the Lorelei and Burg Katz. The watercolour is considered the most interesting of Turner’s seven depictions of the Lorelei. The dark cliff casts its shadow on the salmon fishers, thus symbolizing the danger emanating from the fabled Lorelei rock. In the background we catch a glimpse of the safe harbour at St. Goarshausen, illuminated through the clouds by the last rays of the sinking sun. The suggestion of St. Goarshausen and Burg Katz in the background give the watercolour marvellous depth.

Aquarell, 1817
Medium: Wasserfarbe auf laviertem Papier
Größe: 197 x 309 mm
Sammlung: The British Museum; Turner Worldwide
Referenz: TW0414; Wilton 684