Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Salvator’s Pilgrimage Church and the View down the River Danube to the Walhalla, at Donaustauf near Regensburg

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
D31345
Turner Bequest CCCX 35 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, the viewpoint is south-west of the small Baroque pilgrimage church of St Salvator, set on a platform approached by steep steps above the River Danube just east of Donaustauf. The classical Walhalla memorial is seen on the skyline to the east, with a continuation from the right of the main drawing at the top right, looking down the broad valley. Compare the Walhalla’s architect Leo von Klenze’s idealised 1839 painting Salvatorkirche zu Donaustauf und Walhalla (Museen der Stadt, Regensburg); the hillside is now thickly wooded.
The subject was identified by Cecilia Powell.1 For numerous contemporary views of Donaustauf, the church and the Walhalla in this sketchbook and elsewhere, see under folio 33 verso (D31341);2 for nearby Regensburg, see under folio 18 verso (D31311).3

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Powell 1995, p.243.
2
See also ibid., pp.70, 82 note 53.
3
See ibid., pp.69, 81 note 45.

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