Joseph Mallord William Turner

Prague: The Castle and Cathedral (its Spire Continued in the Sky) from the North-East with the Vista up the Moat and across to the Castle Garden (also Continued in the Sky)


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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

Catalogue entry

This is a view of Prague, taken from a north-easterly vantage point. Turner pictures the Castle, ancient seat of Bohemian Kings and Holy Roman Emperors, and the imperial cathedral dedicated to St Vitus. The Castle and Cathedral are located in the elevated Hradcany district of the city, and Turner’s view shows a little of the steep incline leading up to the imperial complex. The artist has also suggested some of the formal gardens laid out around the northern face of the moat; a detail of part of the garden is rendered at top right.
This sketch is one part of a panoramic survey of the city rendered across three pages (see Tate D30346–D30347; Turner Bequest CCCI 26–26a).

Alice Rylance-Watson
September 2015

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