Joseph Mallord William Turner

Passau, across the River Inn from the Mariahilfberg

1840

In Tate Britain

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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
D31377
Turner Bequest CCCX 51 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, Passau is shown to the north across the River Inn from the Mariahilfberg, as Cecilia Powell has noted; the view is continued to the right on folio 52 recto opposite (D31378), with the two drawings forming a disjointed panorama.1 Here, the cathedral is identifiable by its dome to the right of centre above the Innbrücke, against the backdrop of the slopes on the far side of the River Danube, out of sight beyond the central Altstadt peninsula.
Although the various defensive towers along the Innstadt bank below are no longer evident, a similar overall prospect is still possible from in front of the Mariahilf church. For numerous contemporary views of Passau in this sketchbook and elsewhere, see under folio 48 verso (D31371).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Powell 1995, p.243.

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