Joseph Mallord William Turner

Prague: The Castle and Cathedral from the North-East with an Extensive View up the Vltava; Prague: The Castle and Cathedral with an Extensive View up the Vltava


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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 27 a

Catalogue entry

This cursory and swiftly rendered sketch shows the elevated Hradcany district of Prague, with the Castle and St Vitus Cathedral at right. A view up the Vltava River is suggested at left. At rear is part of a view which extends onto the folio opposite (Tate D30350; Turner Bequest CCCI 28), across the gutter of the sketchbook. That view shows Prague Castle and Cathedral again, with the Vltava and Charles Bridge at centre.
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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