Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche, Coburg, with Women beside the River Itz, and Schloss Ernsthöhe (later Hohenfels) in the Distance

1840

In Tate Britain

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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
D31324
Turner Bequest CCCX 25

Catalogue entry

The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally. Finberg noted the River Itz here,1 but Cecilia Powell has fully identified the subject,2 with the Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche, north of central Coburg, on the right, and the regular profile of Schloss Ernsthöhe (later Hohenfels) on the skyline to the west-north-west. The church stands within a bend of the Itz, and the women on the left seem to be standing beside the river, but later trees, houses and other buildings in the immediate vicinity of the church and to the west now preclude a clear view. A third woman on the right appears to be carrying a baby or young child.
For the numerous Coburg views in this sketchbook, see under folio 1 verso (D31278).3

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Finberg 1909, II, p.997.
2
See Powell 1995, p.243; see also pp.72, 82 note 64.
3
See also Powell 1995, pp.72, 82 notes 63 and 64.

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