Joseph Mallord William Turner

Prague: View across the Charles Bridge towards the Little Quarter and Hradcany

1835

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 × 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30792
Turner Bequest CCCIV 85

Catalogue entry

This sketch depicts the Charles Bridge in Prague, capital of Bohemia. It was constructed under the auspices of Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV at the beginning of the fifteenth century. In the late seventeenth to eighteenth centuries the north and south balustrades were mounted with thirty statues of saints, some of which are visible here.
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).

Alice Rylance-Watson
December 2015

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