Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hamburg: View from just outside the Millernthor with the Mill on the Mühlenberg, Nikolaikirche and Michaeliskirche; Sketches of Two Women


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 92 x 155 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCV 25 a

Catalogue entry

This is a view of Hamburg taken from outside the Millernthor, one of the city gates. A windmill on Mühlenberg hill can be seen at left and the Churches of St Nicholas and St Michael are at centre and right respectively. There are also two cursory jottings of female figures in local dress at top left (see also Tate D30871; Turner Bequest CCCV 26). Turner has inscribed notes on the colours of their outfits: ‘B’ [possibly signifying Blue or Black] | ‘Shawl Red’ | ‘Yellow D[ress]’.
For more sketches of Hamburg see Tate D30842–D30860, D30862–D30870, D30872, D30874–D30880, D30882–D30886; Turner Bequest CCCV 11a–20a, 21a–25a, 26a, 27a–30a, 31a–33a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2015

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