The Katz, on the Rhine

On the Rhine: the Katz

about 1844
Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775–1851)

Catalogue Raisonné

Wilton 1332


Sheet: 18.5 x 24.3 cm (7 5/16 x 9 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Graphite pencil and watercolor on paper; graphite sketch on the verso

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Pink and dull-orange cliffs rise from the pale purple river. Suggestions of castle towers on either side. Gray sky. The Katz, to the right, is a mediaeval castle erected 1393, partly pulled down 1806, near St. Goarhausen; facing it, left, is Rheinfels Castle, near St. Goar. The drawing is possibly connected with an agreement of 1819, never carried out, for Turner to make 36 drawings of the Rhine between Mainz and Cologne, to be engraved and published serially.


not signed


Denman Waldo Ross (1853-1935, Boston); gift to MFA, March 8, 1906.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection