Neuwied and Weise Thurn, with Hoch's Monument on the Rhine, looking towards Andernach about 1819
This highly coloured riverscape was worked up in Turner's studio from a pencil sketch made on a walking tour along the Rhine in 1817. Turner captures the grand expanse of the river valley and the distant misty mountains while including a variety of human and animal activity to enliven the foreground. The town of Weissenthurm is on the left (its white tower, ironically, in shadow) and Neuwied on the opposite bank. The drawing was probably made as one of a series of thirty six views of the Rhine to be engraved by W.B.Cooke, although the project was abandoned.

Glossary Open

Engraving

The printmaking technique in which an image is inscribed on a copper plate with a tool that cuts a groove in the surface. This groove holds the ink that creates the print when it is applied to paper. Also refers to the method of making an incision on a material such as glass.

Engraving

Details

  • Acc. No. D NG 857
  • Medium Pen and ink and watercolour with some gum and scraping on paper
  • Size 18.60 x 28.80 cm
  • Credit Henry Vaughan Bequest 1900