David Roberts, R.A. (1796-1864)
Oberwesel on the Rhine, Germany

Signed lower right: D. Roberts/1831
Watercolour heightened with bodycolour, scratching out and gum arabic
21.2 by 31.1 cm., 8 ½ by 12 ¼ in.

With Thos. Agnew & Sons, London (no.2380);
With Walker's Galleries, London

By E. Goodall as a steel engraving, 1831

Roberts visited Oberwesel on his trip down the Rhine in the summer of 1830 (see note to no.28). Oberwesel is a town on the Middle Rhine about 25 miles south of Koblenz. The tower in the foreground, the Ochsenturm or `Ox's Tower' has an octagonal top tower and is part of the town walls originally built in the early thirteenth century with sixteen defensive towers. On the hill beyond is the Schönburg, a castle originally built in the twelfth century.