Joseph Mallord William Turner

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


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 118 × 190 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCIV 34

Catalogue entry

This is a view of Frankfurt’s Old Bridge or Alte Brücke, which crosses the River Main in the heart of the city. 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. Frankfurt Cathedral is roughly marked out in profile at far right and depicted again in the sketch above the bridge.
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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