Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hamburg: The Baumhaus and the Vorsetzen from the Kehrweider, with the Spire of the Michaeliskirche behind

1835

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 92 × 155 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30882
Turner Bequest CCCV 31 a

Catalogue entry

This drawing depicts Blockhaus port (Blockhaus hafen) and the Vorsetzen (a long road which runs parallel to the Elbe) in Hamburg. The two-storey building at centre is the Baumhaus or ‘tree house’ built in the sixteenth century to function simultaneously as the port warden’s office, the customs house, an inn and concert hall. In the distance at left is the spire of St Michael’s Church (Michaeliskirche).
For more sketches of Hamburg see Tate D30842–D30860, D30862–D30870, D30872, D30874–D30880, D30882–D30886; Turner Bequest CCCV 11a–20a, 21a–25a, 26a, 27a–30a, 31a–33a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2015

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