Joseph Mallord William Turner

Nuremberg: The Hauptmarkt from the North-West Corner, with the Schöner Brunnen and Frauenkirche


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 118 × 190 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCIV 54

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This sketchbook documents almost all Turner's homeward journey in October 1835 when he travelled across southern Germany from Prague to Nuremberg and Frankfurt and then down the Rhine to Rotterdam. His visit to Rotterdam led to the only watercolour inspired by the tour: based on a sketch in his final sketchbook (TB CCCXXI), it was engraved and published in 1836. Turner arrived at Nuremberg on 2 October and stayed at the Strauss hotel in Karolinenstrasse. His sketch of the market place shows one of Nuremberg's most beautiful and celebrated fourteenth-century ensembles: the ornate façade of the Frauenkirche and, to its left, the Schöner Brunnen, a richly decorated fountain.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

This carefully rendered drawing was taken at the Hauptmarkt, a main square in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg. The Frauenkirche can be seen at centre with the Schöner Brunnen or Schöner Fountain to its left.
For more views of Nuremberg see Tate D30707–D30711, D30713, D30715–D30718, D30720–D30726, D30729–D30730; Turner Bequest CCCIV 40a–42a, 44, 45–46a, 47a–50a, 52–52a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
December 2015

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