Trechtingshausen on the riverside footpath, looking towards Burg Rheinstein Here
Turner shows the view from Trechtingshausen looking towards Bingen. He
makes the sketch for the painting on 25th August while walking along the
riverside footpath on his way to Bingen. Hidden behind a tree just left
of the centre of the painting we can make out St. Clement’s Chapel. On
a hilltop to the right is the silhouette of Burg Rheinstein. The road
is deeply rutted and we see two figures resting there. Turner was to
occupy himself intensively with this location later on – particularly
after he had become acquainted with Goethe’s Theory of Colours in 1840.
In this work Turner’s aim was to produce an atmospheric watercolour
showing the scenery through the light of dusk with pale moonlight and a
cloudy sky. Today Burg Rheinstein is privately owned. It has a
restaurant and is open to the public.