Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dresden: View across the Elbe to the Kreuzkirche and Frauenkirche

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: 100 × 159 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30303
Turner Bequest CCCI 4 a

Catalogue entry

This slight but evocative view shows the Saxon city of Dresden from the banks of the River Elbe. In the foreground a boatman can be seen navigating his vessel along the still waters, and in the distance the city’s Kreuzkirche and domed Frauenkirche can be seen. Turner has used quick vertical hatching and single strokes of the pencil to render reflections on the river.
For more sketches of Dresden see Tate D30296–D30308, D30896–D30900, D31013, D31024–D31042; Turner Bequest CCCI 1–7, CCCVI 6a–9, 65a, CCCVII 3–12.

Alice Rylance-Watson
September 2015

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