Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dresden: View across the Elbe to the Kreuzkirche, Frauenkirche, Schloss, Hofkirche and Bridge


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 100 × 159 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCI 5

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has drawn the city of Dresden in profile, perhaps in the evening given the presence of the small crescent in the sky at centre. The spires of Dresden’s principal buildings are marked out swiftly from left to right: the Kreuzkirche, the domed Frauenkirche, the Schloss and Hofkirche. A small group of riverboats is seen at left, their masts rendered in single vertical strokes of pencil. The same vertical lines have been used to evoke reflections on the River Elbe.
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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