Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Panoramic View of Würzburg, across the River Main from the Marienberg

1840

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 104 × 170 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30618
Turner Bequest CCCIII 82

Catalogue entry

Turner used this page horizontally for what Cecilia Powell has described as a ‘180° View in Two Instalments’, looking east over Würzburg from the heights of the Marienberg fortress.1
At the bottom left of the main section is the Deutschhauskirche on Zellerstrasse (see folio 84 verso; D30621; Turner Bequest CCCIII 83a). The gatehouse at the near end of the Alte Mainbrücke does not survive. North-east above the bridge are the Baroque dome and towers of the Stift Haug church beyond the Baroque spire of the Marienkapelle (since rebuilt in Gothic Revival style). Beyond the end of the bridge are the tower of the Rathaus, with its slender spire, the dome of the Neumünster, and the four spires of the cathedral to their east.
Above, the view is continued south-eastwards to the right, the most prominent feature being the heavily articulated Baroque spire of the Neubaukirche. For the extensive sequence of Würzburg views in this sketchbook and others elsewhere, see under folio 72 verso (D30596; CCCIII 71).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
Powell 1995, p.245.

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