Joseph Mallord William Turner

Frankfurt: The Tower of the Cathedral Glimpsed among Other Buildings

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: 190 × 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30812
Turner Bequest CCCIV 96 a

Catalogue entry

The cursory view at rear, produced with the sketchbook turned horizontally, depicts Frankfurt Cathedral. Turner has captured this view from the end of a narrow street in the city, looking in the direction of the Cathedral’s soaring gothic tower. The artist travelled through Frankfurt on his route back to England.
The other buildings depicted do not appear to have been sketched at Frankfurt. They may show buildings in Prague.

Alice Rylance-Watson
December 2015

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