Joseph Mallord William Turner

Prague: View of the City from the Forecourt in front of the Castle (Seen on the Left) (in Two Instalments Looking East and South)

1835

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 100 × 159 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30357
Turner Bequest CCCI 31 a

Catalogue entry

This is a view of the Bohemian capital Prague, taken from the forecourt of Prague Castle. From there Turner was able to sketch the church spires, towers, domes and rooftops to the east and south of the Hradcany district, rendering the southerly view in a separate squared-off sketch (inscribed ‘2’) above the easterly view.
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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