Joseph Mallord William Turner

Regensburg Cathedral across the River Danube, with the Steinerne Brücke; a Distant View of Donaustauf and the Walhalla, near Regensburg, from the River

1840

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 126 × 198 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31361
Turner Bequest CCCX 43 a

Catalogue entry

Turner used this page horizontally, both ways up. As recognised by Cecilia Powell,1 across the middle, and continued above, is a panorama of the towers and spires of Regensburg across the River Danube, looking south-west to the cathedral (then lacking the upper stages and taller spires of its west towers), with the twin spires of the Niedermünster church to its east towards the left; above, turning west upstream, the Steinerne Brücke is effectively shown in elevation, with up to thirteen of its arches indicated (the first few being lightly indicated at the right of the cathedral view). Ian Warrell has shown that the overall prospect and other sketches from similar viewpoints on adjacent pages informed a watercolour of the scene, as discussed under folio 42 verso (D31359);2 for numerous other contemporary views of the city in this sketchbook and elsewhere, see under folio 18 verso (D31311).3
The other way up at the outer edge is a view north across the Danube Valley a few miles downstream, ranging from Donaustauf, with its ruined castle overlooking St Michael’s Church towards the left to the smaller pilgrimage church of St Salvator at the centre, overlooked in turn by outline of the classical Walhalla memorial on the hill to the right; again, the subject was identified by Powell.4 For various related views in this book and elsewhere, see under folio 33 verso (D31341).5

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Powell 1995, p.243.
2
See Warrell 2015, pp.6, 8 note 15.
3
See also Powell 1995, pp.69, 81 note 45.
4
See ibid., p.243.
5
See also ibid., pp.70, 82 note 53.

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