Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hirschhorn on the Neckar from the North


View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Graphite, watercolour and pen on paper
Support: 229 x 330 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCXLIX 20

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This is one of two views of Hirschhorn included in this selection. The other is placed at the far end of this room, among a group of subjects that Ruskin believed to be views in the Tyrol (no.82). He noted that this watercolour was 'A perfectly studied and splendid composition. Consider, one by one, the uses of the various passages of its colours, especially the introduction of the dark green touches at the river bank on the right side, as they complete and enclose the gloom cast down by the cloud, and bring out the bright colouring of the banks.'

Gallery label, August 2004