Joseph Mallord William Turner

Prague: View up the Vltava from the River Bank, with St Francis’s Church, Old Town Bridge Tower and Part of the Charles Bridge

1835

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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
D30807
Turner Bequest CCCIV 93

Catalogue entry

This view of Prague was taken on the Old Town bank of the Vltava River, looking towards Charles Bridge and a gothic bridge tower at left. Figures can be seen on the quayside, gathered in front of the domed Church of St Francis. Some of Petrín Hill is visible beyond Charles Bridge at right.
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).
Verso:
Blank.

Alice Rylance-Watson
December 2015

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