Joseph Mallord William Turner

Prague: View up the Vltava to 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: 100 × 159 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30346
Turner Bequest CCCI 26

Catalogue entry

Here Turner pictures the Vltava River flowing through the centre of Prague, capital of Bohemia. Connecting the Old Town at left and the adjacent Lesser or Little Quarter at right is the Charles Bridge, which was constructed in 1357 under the auspices of King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. A gothic tower fortifies the Old Town side of the bridge, and close by is the domed Church of St Francis. This sketch is one part of a panoramic survey of the city rendered across three pages (see Tate D30347–D30348; Turner Bequest CCCI 26a–27).

Alice Rylance-Watson
September 2015

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