Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Prague; Prague: View across the Vltava to the Old Town with the Nostiz Palace in the Foreground

1835

In Tate Britain

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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
D30776
Turner Bequest CCCIV 76 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch may have been taken in and around Prague’s Petrín Hill (see Tate D30775; Turner Bequest CCCIV 76). The small section of wall visible at top left is possibly the Hunger Wall, built to fortify Petrín Hill during the reign of Emperor Charles IV. The area is verdant, full of trees and shrubs.
Above this sketch is the beginning of a larger view of Prague which continues onto the folio opposite (Tate D30777; Turner Bequest CCCIV 77). Inscribed ‘Nosswitz’, Turner took this view close to Nostitz Palace, a baroque mansion which was once the residence of the noble Nostitz-Reineck family.

Alice Rylance-Watson
December 2015

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