Joseph Mallord William Turner

Passau, with the Oberhaus, Niederhaus and Cathedral down the River Danube

1840

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 127 × 198 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30054
Turner Bequest CCXCIX 28

Catalogue entry

As identified by Cecilia Powell,1 with the page turned horizontally the view is east-south-east along the south bank of the Danube north-west of St Stephen’s Cathedral, with the Oberhaus fortress at the top left and the outline of the Niederhaus below on the opposite bank. Compare the nearby views on folios 22 verso and 23 recto (D30044–D30045); for other drawings in this sketchbook and elsewhere, see under folio 31 recto (D30058).
The two disks at the centre may represent two successive positions of the rising sun, or conversely the moon, which was full on 11 September 1840,2 in the week between Turner’s recorded presences in Vienna (see under folio 40 recto; D30076) and Regensburg as he travelled west on this stage of the tour (see the overall Introduction).
1
See Powell 1995, p.241.
2
See ‘Moon Phases 1840 – Lunar Calendar for Passau, Bavaria, Germany’, timeanddate.com, accessed 21 March 2018, https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/germany/passau?year=1840.
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Matthew Imms
September 2018

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