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Castle Rheinfels

St. Goar, at the marina, looking towards the Rhine Valley and Burg Rheinfels, Werlau/Gründelbach Valley

Just outside the town of St. Goar this view of the Rhine Valley opens up, with St. Goarshausen and Burg Katz in the background. Turner, however, chooses not to use the view of Burg Rheinfels as seen from this position. He combines it with a second perspective, which is revealed at the Gründelbach Valley in the direction of Werlau. He makes the valley narrower and extends the Rhine hillsides upwards. In the foreground Turner adds a few ruins to complete the picture. Burg Rheinfels is a recurring motif in Turner’s tours and sketches of the Rhine. Today Burg Rheinfels accommodates a hotel and restaurant. The ruins are open to the public.


Aquarell, 1817
Medium: Wasserfarbe auf laviertem Papier mit Auskratzungen
Größe: 190 x 311 mm
Sammlung: Yale Center for British Arts, Paul Mellon Collection
Referenz: Wilton 650