Joseph Mallord William Turner
View along the Hauptstrasse, Heidelberg 1844

Artwork details

View along the Hauptstrasse, Heidelberg
From Heidelberg Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCCLII
Date 1844
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 229 x 329 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLII 12
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In 1844, as part of his last tour of the
Alps, Turner revisited Heidelberg, the German university town on the river Neckar. Most of his views focused
on the obvious picturesque attractions
of the great castle, high above the river. This study focuses instead on a hotel, albeit one situated in a grand Renaissance building.


Back in London, Turner produced a large scale oil painting of Heidelberg, which
is displayed downstairs in room C5.
This could not provide a greater contrast with the controlled use of colour, and
the delicate touch in this work.


September 2004

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