Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Pleichertor, Würzburg, with the Marienberg Beyond; Fortifications around the Pleichertor

1840

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 104 × 170 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30612
Turner Bequest CCCIII 79

Catalogue entry

As Cecilia Powell has noted,1 the two views here, made horizontally and inverted in relation to each other, show the city walls around the Pleichertor, on the east bank of the River Main north of central Würzburg. Only the tower remains among later buildings within the outline of this corner of the former defences bounded by the Kranenkai and the Röntgenring.
In the drawing at the outer edge, the tower is shown in relation to the skyline of the Marienberg fortress, across the river to the south-west. The viewpoint and orientation of the view at the gutter are difficult to establish owing to the many later developments.
The Pleichertor features in views along the river on the verso (D30613) and folio 81 recto (D30614; Turner Bequest CCCIII 80). 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
See Powell 1995, p.245.

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