Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of Rotterdam: The Entrance to the Oude Haven Seen towards the River

1825

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

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D19483
Turner Bequest CCXV 52 a

Display caption

In August 1825 Turner began a journey through the Low Countries visiting Rotterdam, Delft, The Hague, Leyden, Amsterdam and Utrecht before travelling on to Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges and Ostend, via Cologne. This view of the old harbour at Rotterdam shows both the Ooster and the Wester Oude Hoofdpoorts. Although Turner had already made a detailed pencil sketch of the Ooster Hoofdpoort in 1817, he is meticulous in his observation here, even noting the 'lions heads' on the roof of the building.

Gallery label, August 2004