Joseph Mallord William Turner

Prague: View up the Vltava to Hradcany; Prague: The Old Town from the Vltava with the Tower of its Town Hall


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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 98

Catalogue entry

Prague’s Hradcany district is depicted here, from a vantage point on the Old Town side of the Vltava River. At top centre Prague Castle and St Vitus Cathedral can be seen, surrounded by fortifications. This was the official residence and place of worship for Bohemian Kings and Holy Roman Emperors.
Below the Hradcany view is a sketch of the tower of Prague’s Old Town Hall, continued from the folio opposite (Tate D30814; Turner Bequest CCCIV 97a). Two illegible inscriptions are to the left of the tower.
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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