Joseph Mallord William Turner

Prague: St Nicholas’s Church, Little Quarter, from the South-West, with a Carriage in the Foreground

1835

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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
D30759
Turner Bequest CCCIV 68

Catalogue entry

Here Turner depicts a street in the centre of Prague’s Little Quarter, looking down toward the baroque Church of St Nicholas. Built on the site of a former gothic church, St Nicholas’ dates from the early years of the 1700s.1 From this vantage point St Nicholas’ dome and one of its towers can be seen. A horse-drawn carriage is in the foreground at right.
Turner produced several sketches of Prague on the 1835 tour; For other drawings in this sketchbook see 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

1
‘About the Church’, St Nicholas, accessed 17 December 2015, http://www.stnicholas.cz/en/about-the-church

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