Joseph Mallord William Turner

Prague: View down the Vltava, from Petrín Hill, with St Lawrence’s Church on the Left; Cologne, with the Bridge of Boats and Cathedral


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 118 × 190 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCIV 73 a

Catalogue entry

The larger of the two sketches rendered here shows Prague. Turner has captured a view down the Vltava River, which flows through the centre of the city, from a vantage point on Petrín Hill. St Lawrence’s Church on the Hill can be seen at far left (see Tate D30771; Turner Bequest CCCIV 74).
The second, more cursory sketch is of Cologne and shows the cathedral at right and a bridge of boats running across the Rhine at left. For more sketches of the city see Tate D30762–D30763, D30766, D30770, D30772, D30774, D30778; Turner Bequest CCCIV 70–70a, 71a, 73a, 74a, 75a, 77a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
December 2015

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