Joseph Mallord William Turner

River Scenery, Presumably along the Elbe; Dresden: The Neustädter Markt, Looking Southwards to the Hofkirche, Blockhaus and Statue of Augustus the Strong (Continued in the Sky Above)

1835

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 89 x 162 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31040
Turner Bequest CCCVII 11

Catalogue entry

The principal view depicts Dresden’s Neustädter Markt. At right Turner has rendered the equestrian statue of Augustus the Strong (1670–1733), Elector of Saxony. Just beyond the statue is the Blockhaus, an old customs house which vetted goods coming into the city via the Augustus Bridge.
The squared-off sketch of river scenery is presumably the Elbe at Dresden. For more sketches of the city see Tate D30296–D30303, D30896–D30900, D31024–D31042; Turner Bequest CCCI 1–7, CCCVI 6a–9, CCCVII 3–12.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2015

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