Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Oberhaus, Passau, with the View up the Ilz Valley

1840

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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
D31380
Turner Bequest CCCX 53

Catalogue entry

The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally. Cecilia Powell has identified the subject as the Oberhaus fortress overlooking the Ilz Valley.1 It is seen in steep perspective on the skyline to the west, with the spire of St Bartholomäus’s Church on the Ilzstadt bank to the right. The vantage point is above the confluence with the Danube (behind the viewer).
Folio 52 verso opposite (D31379) includes a view to the end of the Ilz’s west bank from a similar position; see also the verso (D31381). For numerous contemporary views of Passau in this sketchbook and elsewhere, see under folio 48 verso (D31371).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Powell 1995, p.244.

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