Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cologne from the Rhine; Prague: St Lawrence’s Church

1835

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 × 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30772
Turner Bequest CCCIV 74 a

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has produced two sketches of Cologne and Prague, oriented inversely to one another. The Cologne view, taken from the Rhine, shows some of the city’s ancient Romanesque churches and medieval towers. The inscriptions ‘Leonhardt Thor’, ‘Holtz Thor’ and ‘Pant Thor’ appear to refer to these, the latter, ‘Pant Thor’, being a shortening of St Pantaleon’s Church towers.
St Lawrence’s, a baroque church situated on Petrín Hill overlooking Prague’s Lesser Quarter, is depicted in the second sketch (see Tate D30771; Turner Bequest CCCIV 74).

Alice Rylance-Watson
December 2015

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