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 inspired by the tour: based on a sketch in his final sketchbook (TB CCCXXI), it was 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