Joseph Mallord William Turner
Heidelberg from the Hirschgasse 1844

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Heidelberg from the Hirschgasse
From Heidelberg Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCCLII
Date 1844
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 228 x 330 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLII 11
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In 1844 Turner's journey to Switzerland was dissrupted by a spell of bad weather. As a result, he decided to explore what he called 'the small valleys of the Rhine', which he found more interesting than he had expected. One of his diversions took him along the River Neckar, where he sketched a number of the riverside towns and castles. But his principal attention fell on the picturesque city of Heidelberg, even though it was not his first visit there. Ruskin initially intended to include the view which appears here as no.11A. However, it was dropped from the full catalogue of one hundred works, most probably because he considered that it was 'not in effect much beyond what other people might have done'.

February 1995

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