Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches, Including One of the Spire of the Church of Our Saviour, Copenhagen; German Words

1835

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 89 x 162 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D41024

Catalogue entry

The sketches on this pastedown show a figure of a woman wearing a bonnet, the spire of the Church of Our Saviour at Copenhagen, a distant town with buildings and windmills, and a harbour with moored sailing boats. The inscriptions ‘Harfen’ (i.e. ‘havn’, the word for ‘harbour’ in Danish), ‘Fish’ and ‘Speise Tafel’ (‘menu’ in German) are rendered around the sketches.
The signatures and inscriptions Henry Scott Trimmer, Charles Turner, Charles Locke Eastlake and John Prescott Knight (executors of Turner’s will) are also inscribed.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2015

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