Joseph Mallord William Turner

Prague: Hradcany, St Nicholas’s Church and Charles Bridge, Looking down the Vltava


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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 90

Catalogue entry

This sketch of Prague was taken from the banks of the Vltava River in the Old Town. Turner looks towards the Hradcany district at right, where Prague’s imperial Castle and the Cathedral of St Vitus are situated. The Cathedral’s tower is visible at top right. Charles Bridge, mounted with the statues of thirty saints, is seen below, along with the baroque dome and spire of St Nicholas’s Church. At left is Petrín Hill, with the tower of the Church of Our Lady Victorious and the distant twin spires of St Lawrence’s Church.
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

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