Heidelberg about 1846
Dazzling sunlight fills this view of Heidelberg on the River Rhine. The architecture of the hill top town is veiled in a shimmering golden mist reflected in the river. Groups of figures animate the foreground, which is punctuated with touches of deep red, white and blue. The work appears to be almost a glorious essay in the use of colour, rather than an exercise in topography. It is one of several large views of Heidelberg connected with drawings Turner made on tours to the Rhineland in the 1840s. This is considered to be among his finest late works on paper from about 1846.

Glossary Open

Topographical

Refers to landscape pictures that faithfully represent a real place as it is seen rather than an imaginary or distorted landscape.

Watercolour

A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Topographical , Watercolour

Details

  • Acc. No. D NG 885
  • Medium Watercolour, pen and ink and scraping out on paper
  • Size 37.40 x 55.30 cm
  • Credit Henry Vaughan Bequest 1900