Joseph Mallord William Turner

Würzburg: The Domstrasse, with the Town Hall, Cathedral and Vierröhrenbrunnen


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 170 x 104 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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.

Gallery label, September 2004

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