Joseph Mallord William Turner

Frankfurt: The Bridge and Maininsel, Looking Downstream to the Cathedral (in Two Instalments)

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 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30693
Turner Bequest CCCIV 33 a

Catalogue entry

Here Turner pictures the German city of Frankfurt from the banks of the Main, looking downstream towards the Cathedral and Alte Brücke (Old Bridge). A small river island known as the Maininsel lies directly beneath the bridge, situated closer to the Sachsenhausen side of the Main (pictured left). Though the Maininsel is not clearly visible in this sketch, the two old mills at either side of the bridge’s balustrade can be seen.
The view of the Old Town is continued in an instalment at top left. For more drawings of Frankfurt see Tate D30678–D30679, D30684–D30698, D30700–D30705; Turner Bequest CCCIV 26–26a, 29–36, 37–39a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
December 2015

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