Joseph Mallord William Turner

Copenhagen: St Nicholas’ Tower from the Corner of Nikolaj Plads and Store Kirkestraede; Distant Views of Copenhagen from the Sound

1835

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 155 × 92 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30829
Turner Bequest CCCV 5

Catalogue entry

The principal sketch depicts St Nicholas’ Tower, taken from a corner of Nikolaj Plads, Copenhagen. The tower was once part of a church destroyed in a devastating fire in 1795.1 Above the tower Turner has inscribed ‘1591’, the date of the tower’s completion.2
The two other sketches on this page are distant views of Copenhagen Øresund or Sound. They are rendered below the study of St Nicholas’ Tower, orientated with the sketchbook turned upside down, and across the left length of the page parallel to the gutter of the sketchbook.
There are two illegible inscriptions at bottom left of St Nicolas’ Tower.
For other drawings of Copenhagen see Tate D30824–D30829, D30832–D30833, D30859, D30861, D30873, D30881, D30883, D30887; Turner Bequest CCCV 2–5, 6a–7, 20, 21, 27, 31, 32, 34.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2015

1
‘The History of Copenhagen Contemporary Arts Centre’, Nikolaj Kunsthal, accessed 28 April 2015, http://www.nikolajkunsthal.dk/en/info/history-copenhagen-contemporary-art-center
2
Ibid.

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