Joseph Mallord William Turner

Prague: Hradcany and the Little Quarter from the Hill to the South-West, with an Extensive Prospect down the Vltava (in Two Instalments)


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 100 × 159 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCI 32

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has drawn a prospect of Prague’s imperial complex from a vantage point on Petrín Hill. The imperial Castle and Cathedral of St Vitus can be seen rising loftily from atop the Hradcany, overlooking the Little Quarter and Vltava River beyond. Turner has rendered this prospect in two parts, so as to form one panoramic view. The sketch at rear showing the Vltava and Old Town completes the whole view.
Other drawings of Prague can be found at Tate D30344–D30361, D30364–D30366; Turner Bequest CCCI 25–33a, 36–37. The Prague, Nuremberg, Frankfurt and Rhine sketchbook of the same tour holds drawings of the city at 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.

Alice Rylance-Watson
September 2015

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