Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Marienberg, Würzburg, from near St Burkard’s Church

1840

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 170 × 104 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30622
Turner Bequest CCCIII 84

Catalogue entry

Finberg later annotated his 1909 Inventory entry (‘Citadel, from below’): ‘Wurzburg’.1 As Cecilia Powell has noted, the Marienberg fortress is seen here from near St Burkard’s Church,2 looking south-west up the steep hill; the narrow vertical format of the sketch conveys the drama of its uncompromisingly geometric bastions, looming over the houses off Saalgasse.
The fortifications are seen from further off in the same direction in various more conventional views on adjacent pages. 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

1
Undated MS note by Finberg (died 1939) in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain, II, p.981.
2
See Powell 1995, p.245.

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