Schloss Eltz, Germany

Schloss Eltz, Germany



Edward Lear (1812-1888)
Schloss Eltz, Germany

Inscribed lower left:
Schlofs Els and lower right: Mosel August. 7. 1837. and inscribed in another hand: a.c
Pencil heightened with white on grey paper, with cut corners
27.9 by 21.7cm., 11 by 8 ½ in.

Schloss Eltz or Burg Eltz is a medieval castle between Koblenz and Trier. It stands on a rock spur seventy metres above the Elzbach river, a tributary of the Mosel, which surrounds it on three sides. It has been owned by the same family since the twelfth century.

Another view of the same castle on a similar sized sheets, also with cut corners, dated 8
th August 1837 is in the Houghton Library, Harvard University (see Vivien Noakes, Edward Lear 1812-1888, exhibition catalogue, 1985, no.14b, p.96, ill.).