Joseph Mallord William Turner

Nuremberg: The Hauptmarkt from the North-West Corner, with the Schöner Brunnen and Frauenkirche

1835

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

Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 190 x 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30732
Turner Bequest CCCIV 54

Display caption

This sketchbook documents almost all Turner's homeward journey in October 1835 when he travelled across southern Germany from Prague to Nuremberg and Frankfurt and then down the Rhine to Rotterdam. His visit to Rotterdam led to the only watercolour inspired by the tour: based on a sketch in his final sketchbook (TB CCCXXI), it was engraved and published in 1836. Turner arrived at Nuremberg on 2 October and stayed at the Strauss hotel in Karolinenstrasse. His sketch of the market place shows one of Nuremberg's most beautiful and celebrated fourteenth-century ensembles: the ornate façade of the Frauenkirche and, to its left, the Schöner Brunnen, a richly decorated fountain.

Gallery label, August 2004