Joseph Mallord William Turner
Heilbronn from the Neckar 1844

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Heilbronn from the Neckar
From Heidelberg Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCCLII
Date 1844
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 229 x 328 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLII 16
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Turner continued his journey up the Neckar to Heilbronn, appoximately fifty miles from Heidelberg. The two church towers at the centre of the composition are those of St Kilian's on the left, and the Roman Catholic Church on the right, formerly the Church of the Teutonic Order. Turner indicates the spiral staircase on the tower of St Kilian's with two parallel snaking pencil lines. The crenellated tower to the right of the picture is the Götzturm, part of a medieval defensive wall. Heilbronn is now much changed, owing to heavy war damage.

September 2004

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