Joseph Mallord William Turner

Prague: View up the Vltava to the Charles Bridge, Little Quarter and St Nicholas’s Church; River Scenery with Sailing Boats, Probably on the Lower Rhine

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
D30805
Turner Bequest CCCIV 92

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has drawn two separate views, orientated inversely relative to each other. The larger of the two depicts Prague, looking down the Vltava towards Charles Bridge with the Little Quarter at right. ‘Da Kleins Seite’ (‘Little Quarter’) inscribed on the folio opposite (Tate D30804; Turner Bequest CCCIV 91a) refers to this sketch. Visible is the domed Church of St Nicholas, with its adjacent baroque tower.
The second sketch probably depicts a scene on the Rhine.

Alice Rylance-Watson
December 2015

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