Joseph Mallord William Turner

Nuremberg: View from the Maxbrücke Looking South-East to the Weinstadel, Water Tower, Henkersteg and Spires of St Lorenz


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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 56 a

Catalogue entry

This view of the city Nuremberg in Germany was taken from the Maxbrücke, a bridge in the city centre linking the north and south banks of the Pegnitz River. From there Turner was afforded views of some of Nuremberg’s medieval riverside architecture, including the Weinstadel and the adjacent Wasserturm (water tower) at left. The Wasserturm marks the beginning of the Henkersteg, a stone arched bridge named after the small tower visible at centre called the Henkerturm or Hangman’s Tower. Right of the Henkerturm is a wooden footbridge which leads to Trödelmarkt. Beyond can be seen the spires of St Lorenz Church.
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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