Boppard mit Menschen am Rhein (Aquarell 1817) © Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
  • William Turner - 06: Boppard mit Menschen am Rhein, 1817
  • (1) Boppard, Looking Downstream to the Franciscan Church, Ritter-Schwalbach Haus, Sandtor and Town Walls; (2) Burg Sterrenberg and Burg Liebenstein ('The Brothers'), Looking Downstream from the West Bank 1817 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

Buildings in the town

From the riverbank at Boppard Turner produces quick sketches of the day-to-day work of people on the river. With great enthusiasm the artist captures characteristic features of the town wall and records his impressions of the picturesque buildings. In this watercolour, a sturdy town tower and the adjacent wall provide the backdrop for the bustling activity around a boat that is anchored there. In the background we see the »twin towers« of the Church of St. Severus. This painting is an impressive example of how Turner combines different perspectives (river scene and town view).

Aquarell, 1819
Material: Wasser- und Deckfarbe mit Bleistift und Auskratzungen auf laviertem Papier
Sammlung: Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection