Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Alte Mainbrücke, Würzburg, with the Rathaus and Cathedral Beyond


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 104 × 170 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCIII 81

Catalogue entry

The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (Do. [i.e. ditto: Buildings at Würzburg]): ‘Alte Mainbrücke’.1 Finberg marked another copy in a similar way.2 As Cecilia Powell has also noted,3 this rapid sketch, made with the page turned horizontally, shows the view from the Alte Mainbrücke over the River Main, flanked by monumental statues on its cutwaters, east to tower of the Rathaus and beyond to the west spires of the cathedral. To the left are the Baroque spire of the Marienkapelle (since rebuilt in Gothic Revival style) and, further off, the dome of the Neumünster. There is a watermill below to the left, presumably taking advantage of the faster flow as the river passes to the left under the multiple arches. A larger mill building now projects over the river at this point.
For the extensive sequence of Würzburg views in this sketchbook and others elsewhere, see under folio 72 verso (D30596; CCCIII 71).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

Undated MS note by Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain, II, p.981.
Undated MS note by Finberg (died 1939) in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain, II, p.981.
See Powell 1995, p.245.

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