Joseph Mallord William Turner Würzburg: The Domstrasse, with the Town Hall, Cathedral and Vierröhrenbrunnen 1840

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Artist
Title
Würzburg: The Domstrasse, with the Town Hall, Cathedral and Vierröhrenbrunnen
From Wurzburg, Rhine and Ostend Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCCIII
Date 1840
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 170 x 104 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30631
Turner Bequest CCCIII 88 a
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Like nos.64-5 this sketchbook was bought during Turner's 1840 tour but in Germany rather than Austria. He used it extensively in Würzburg, drawing some forty pages of sketches, and again when travelling down the Rhine from Mainz to Cologne. A final few sketches were drawn at Ostend. Turner's arrival at Würzburg was noted in a newspaper of 23 September which named his hotel, the Wittelsbacher Hof in the market place. From there it was only a short walk to the Domstrasse which runs directly from the bridge over the Main to St Kilian's cathedral, forming a most striking composition. The town hall stands on the left, an ornate fountain on the right.

September 2004

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