Joseph Mallord William Turner

Salzburg: View down the Salzach to the City


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 159 × 99 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCC 12 a

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Just over half this sketchbook is devoted to Salzburg and its environs which Turner explored very thoroughly, visiting many of the favourite viewpoints of contemporary German and Austrian artists. The sketches on ff.12v and 13r were drawn on a three-mile walk southwards from Salzburg along the river Salzach. Turner stopped every few minutes to make careful records of the views in both directions: behind him, the city with the fortress of Hohensalzburg on its great rock and, to the south, the peaks of Hoher Göll and the Untersberg. The second half of the sketchbook chronicles Turner's journey by boat down the Danube from Linz to Vienna which he reached on 25 August.

Gallery label, May 1995

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