Joseph Mallord William Turner

Prague: View up the Vltava to Hradcany; Riverside Buildings (?at Düsseldorf)

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
D30817
Turner Bequest CCCIV 99

Catalogue entry

In this sketch Turner depicts the Hradcany district of Prague. The imperial Castle and Cathedral of St Vitus can be seen in the distance at centre, surrounded by fortifications. To the left of St Vitus are two towers which mark out Strahov Monastery, an abbey founded in the twelfth century. Turner has inscribed ‘Str[...]’ above it.
At bottom left is a rough drawing of a river scene, orientated inversely to the sketch of Prague. The inscription ‘Dussel’ suggests Turner has recorded Düsseldorf on the Rhine.
Verso:
Blank.

Alice Rylance-Watson
December 2015

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