This is a view of Prague’s Charles Bridge, taken from a vantage point looking towards Petrín Hill (left) and the Hradcany (right). With loose and cursory handling, Turner has drawn some of the thirty statues of saints mounted atop plinths at either side of the Bridge. Particularly celebrated within the scheme is a sculptural group representing Christ on the cross at Calvary, with the mourning Virgin Mary and St John at either side. The Crucifix is rendered in the foreground at right, with figures gathered around it.
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.
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