Joseph Mallord William Turner

Graz from the East

1840

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 127 × 198 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30092
Turner Bequest CCXCIX 48

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, both the upper and lower views show the outskirts of Graz, looking west1 to the Schlossberg, rising north of the cluster of domes and spires in the city’s centre. Turner’s views of Graz are mainly concentrated between folios 41 verso and the present page (D30079–D30092), and were likely made in reverse of the sketchbook’s present foliated order; see under D30079 for further discussion.2 Folio 47 verso opposite and the verso of the present page (D30091, D30093), previously also thought to show Graz, are now identified as views of Ljubljana; see also folios 49 recto and verso (D30094–D30095).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Powell 1995, p.240.
2
See also ibid., pp.66, 81 note 22.

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