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Loreley

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