Joseph Mallord William Turner

Prague: Hradcany and St Nicholas’s Church from the South-West

1835

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 × 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30781
Turner Bequest CCCIV 79

Catalogue entry

This detailed study of Prague was taken from a high vantage point on Petrín Hill, looking towards the Hradcany, the imperial Castle and Cathedral of St Vitus. St Nicholas’ Church has also been carefully rendered in the foreground, with the spire of St Thomas’ Church adjacent. Prague Castle was the residence of the kings of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperors, and St Vitus their official place of worship.
Turner produced several views of Prague on the 1835 tour. For other drawings in this sketchbook Tate D30759–30761, D30764–D30765, D30767, D30771–D30773, D30775–D30777, D30779–D30783, D30788–D30790, D30792–D30803, D30805, D30807–D30811, D30813–D30820; Turner Bequest CCCIV 68–69, 70a–71, 72, 74–75, 76–77, 78–80, 82a–84, 85–91, 92, 93–96, 97–102. See also the Dresden, Tepliz and Prague sketchbook (Tate D30344–D30361, D30364–D30366; Turner Bequest CCCI 25–33a, 36–37).

Alice Rylance-Watson
December 2015

Read full Catalogue entry

You might like