Joseph Mallord William Turner

Josefs Platz, Nuremberg, with a Fountain

1840

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 126 × 198 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31333
Turner Bequest CCCX 29 a

Catalogue entry

The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally. Cecilia Powell has identified the viewpoint as Josefs Platz in Nuremberg, looking west in the direction of the Weisser Turm1 (see folio 30 recto opposite; D31334). On the right Turner has noted Adler Strasse, likely from a street sign, which still runs east from here, albeit none of the buildings depicted survived the Second World War and the vicinity has been rebuilt in a variety of stripped-down vernacular and modernist styles.
For a few other Nuremberg sketches in this book and the more extensive sequence from 1835, see under the recto (D31332).2

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Powell 1995, p.243.
2
See also ibid., pp.70, 82 note 55.

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