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From the heights on Petrín Hill Turner was afforded an expansive prospect of Prague, the capital of Bohemia. Meandering through the centre of the city is the Vltava River, over which the Charles Bridge (named after Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV) can be seen. The Hradcany district, which slopes up a hill towards Prague Castle, is visible at left. Though the Castle itself is out of view, the imperial Cathedral of St Vitus can be seen.
Turner produced several views of Prague on the 1835 tour. For other drawings in this sketchbook Tate D30759–30761, D30764–D30765, D30767, D30771–D30773, D30775–D30777, D30779–D30783, D30788–D30790, D30792–D30803, D30805, D30807–D30811, D30813–D30820; Turner Bequest CCCIV 68–69, 70a–71, 72, 74–75, 76–77, 78–80, 82a–84, 85–91, 92, 93–96, 97–102. See also the Dresden, Tepliz and Prague sketchbook (Tate D30344–D30361, D30364–D30366; Turner Bequest CCCI 25–33a, 36–37).