Joseph Mallord William Turner

Teplitz from the North-West, with the Buildings of the Schlossplatz in the Middle Ground (Left), the Schlossberg and Schlackenberg in the Distance; A Standing Soldier


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 100 × 159 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCI 12

Catalogue entry

This is a view of Teplitz (modern day Teplice in the Czech Republic), a town located in Bohemia near the border with the German state of Saxony. At left the Schlossplatz can be seen, with the Dekanalkirche, Schlosskirche and Teplice Palace. In the distance the Schlossberg and Schlackenberg hills are visible.
Turner has also rendered a jotting of a standing soldier, identified, by A.J. Finberg, as belonging to an Austrian regiment.1 Turner’s visit to Teplitz happened to coincide with an historic conference between the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef I, the Russian Tsar Nicholas I, King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia and King Anthony of Saxony. The leaders, their delegation of ministers, and their attendant officers convened at Teplitz in September 1835 for the unveiling of a monument commemorating the battle of Kulm (29–30 August 1813), located a few miles north-east of Teplitz. The combined Prussian, Russian, and Austrian forces secured a victory over Napoleon’s armies at Kulm.
For more sketches of Teplitz see Tate D30315–D30335; Turner Bequest CCCI 10a–20a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
September 2015

Finberg 1909, vol.II, p.974.

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