Joseph Mallord William Turner

Prague: View across the Charles Bridge to the Petrín Hill and Hradcany, with Figures next to the Crucifix on the Right


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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 30 a

Catalogue entry

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.

Alice Rylance-Watson
September 2015

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