This is a view of Prague, taken from Petrín Hill. From this vantage point Turner was afforded an expansive prospect of the city’s Old Town and Lesser Quarter, and of the Vltava River flowing through its centre. The Charles Bridge has been swiftly marked out, with the domed Church of St Nicholas to its left and a medieval tower to its right, heralding the entrance to the Old Town. St Lawrence, a baroque church situated atop Petrín Hill, can be seen in the foreground at left.
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).