Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of Prague with a Monument in the Foreground

1835

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
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
D30790
Turner Bequest CCCIV 84

Catalogue entry

This view of Prague appears to have been taken from a vantage point looking towards Petrín Hill, seen at left. The crenellations of the Hunger Wall are suggested with uneven line (see D30789; Turner Bequest CCCIV 83). Beyond the Petrín Hill appears to be the faint profile of the Hradcany and the tower of St Vitus Cathedral.
A monument is rendered in the foreground of the view, with inscriptions from it copied below. Though these are rather illegibly written the text includes the date ‘Juli [July] 1804’. Many monuments were erected across the Habsburg (later the Austrian) Empire during the Napoleonic Wars (1803–15), to commemorate the approximately two million coalition soldiers killed or wounded.

Alice Rylance-Watson
December 2015

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