Joseph Mallord William Turner

Coburg and Veste Coburg from the South-West

1840

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 126 x 198 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31314
Turner Bequest CCCX 20

Catalogue entry

Finberg thought the various views here, made both ways up with the sketchbook turned horizontally, showed Schloss Rosenau,1 about four miles north-east of Coburg (see under folio 22 recto; D31318). In fact, as Cecilia Powell recognised, they show Coburg itself from the countryside south-west of the town,2 since much developed, with the prominent spire of St Moriz’s Church at its centre and the elevated fortress of Veste Coburg in parkland to its north-east.
For the numerous other Coburg views in this sketchbook, see under folio 1 verso (D31278).3
1
See Finberg 1909, II, p.997.
2
See Powell 1995, p.242.
3
See also Powell 1995, pp.72, 82 notes 63 and 64.
Technical notes:
The page appears undisturbed, but the drawing is on the verso of the leaf, despite the lack of the customary ‘a’ suffix to imply this in Finberg’s Inventory numbering.1 The otherwise blank recto is inscribed ‘20’ by John Ruskin in red ink in sequence with adjacent pages, and stamped in black ‘CCCX – 20’ at the bottom right.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Finberg 1909, II, p.997.

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