Joseph Mallord William Turner

Hamburg: View across the Binnenalster with the Gertrudkirche and Jacobikirche


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 92 × 155 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCV 17 a

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The sketches of Hamburg, Kiel and Copenhagen in this book confirm that the Turner mentioned in a Hamburg newspaper of 3 September 1835 and the Turner listed in a Copenhagen newspaper as arriving by sea from Kiel on 6 September were both, indeed, J.M.W. Turner. His Copenhagen sketches are often squeezed into the spaces left by the Hamburg ones and several pages are stained by water. One of the finest sights in Hamburg is that of its many church spires across Binnenalster lake. Turner could only record this here by drawing it in numbered instalments, with separate details, a method he often used when short of time and paper.

Gallery label, September 2004

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