Footpath behind Castle Ehrenfels, View of the Mäuseturm
This watercolour drawing was only produced in 1841. Turner made repeated visits to places that had first fascinated him in 1817, sketching them over and over again. In order to see Castle Ehrenfels from this angle, the artist used an elevated vantage point. Bingen and the mouth of the river Nahe are visible in the distance. In the foreground there is a glimpse of a steamship near the Mäuseturm. In the late 1830s the tradition of towing boats upstream was eclipsed by the advent of steam power, which explains why the motif disappears in later works.
Watercolour drawing, 1841
Medium: watercolour and gouache with pencil and scratching out
Dimensions: 184 x 241 mm
Collection: The Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro
Hiking: You can access the Rheinsteig hiking trail through the vineyards in approx. 15 min.
Address: Vineyards to the north of Rüdesheim
Site: Turner’s painting site is not yet marked
Public Transport: Rüdesheim railway station: approx. 40 min. walk
By bike: slight detour from the Rheinradweg cycle route: approx. 15 min.
Parking: no parking facilities available