Just outside Boppard; Looking towards Osterspai and Filsen
On this day, Turner takes the ferry back accross the Rhine and walks as far as St. Goar. Just before he reaches the town of Boppard he looks back at the sweeping bend in the Rhine. The play of light with the rainbow makes this watercolour one of the most charming depictions amongst his series of Middle Rhine views. This watercolour (along with 35 other views) was originally intended for the publisher W.B. Cooke, who subsequently decided against the project. This did not prevent Turner from working up the sketches into watercolours nonetheless.
Medium: watercolour on paper
Dimensions: 217 x 327 mm
Collection: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University; 1972.59, Purchased with funds given by Josephine Grant McCreery in memory of her parents, Joseph and Edith Grant; Turner Worldwide
Reference: TW1310; Wilton 674
Bopparder Hamm Riesling. They have been growing wine here on the Rhine’s largest horseshoe bend since the 7th century.
Address: Peternacher Weg, Boppard
Site: in a small bulge of the Rheinradweg cycle route – downstream from the bus stop
Public Transport: »Bopparder Hamm« bus stop: approx. 3 min. walk
By bike: Rheinradweg cycle route – no detour necessary
Parking: Parking available in the Peternacher Tal