Joseph Mallord William Turner

Prague: The Petrín Hill, Little Quarter and Hradcany from the North-East


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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 36 a

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After Turner's tour of Saxon Switzerland he returned to Dresden and took a coach for the spa town of Teplitz, then one of the most fashionable watering-places of Europe. From here he travelled on to Prague which he recorded from many viewpoints, enjoying both individual buildings and grand prospects. His sketch on f.37 shows the Old Town Square, looking across to the Tyn Church, with the rococo Kinsky Palace on its left and, to its right, a column dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The sketch opposite shows the great hilltop complex of Prague castle and cathedral, with the buildings of the Little Quarter clustered at its feet.

Gallery label, August 2004

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