Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Kolk, Rotterdam

1835

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 95 x 153 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D32444
Turner Bequest CCCXXI 1

Catalogue entry

The art historian Fred Bachrach has identified this sketch as a view of the Kolk, a small harbour near the centre of Rotterdam.1 Moored boats huddle close the quayside, and buildings line both sides of the harbour, including the Korenbeurs (the Corn Exchange) at right. At centre the Grote Markt (main market hall) can be seen with a statue of Erasmus – Rotterdam’s most famous native – below it. Rendered in outline at top right is the tower of St Lawrence’s Church.
1
Bachrach [1974], p.84 pl.75.
Recto:
Inscribed in red ink by Ruskin ‘1’ and stamped in black ‘CCCXXI–1’, bottom right.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2016

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