Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Schlossberg and Uhrturm, Graz, above Houses across the River Mur from the Lendkai

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: 127 × 198 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30084
Turner Bequest CCXCIX 44

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, the view is east across the River Mur at Graz from the Lendkai side, with the castle buildings on the Schlossberg above and the Uhrturm down the slope to the right. Below are buildings along what is now the Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Kai, where Turner notes the ‘Dark Road’; compare a detailed 1830 lithograph of the same prospect, Panorama von Gräz und seiner Umbebung, by the Austrian Leopold Kuwasseg. There is a similar view on the verso (D30085).
Turner’s views of Graz are mainly concentrated between folios 41 verso and 48 recto (D30079–D30092), and were likely made in reverse of the sketchbook’s present foliated order; see under D30079 for further discussion.1 In his 1909 Inventory, in his checklist of what he called the ‘Danube and Graz’ sketchbook (dated to c.1837–40),2 Finberg had recognised folios 42 recto–45 recto (D30080–D30086) as showing the city;3 in 1930’s In Venice with Turner, he linked the book among others to a supposed 1835 tour to the city. Apart from mentioning ‘sketches on the Danube between Vienna and Lintz’, his only other comment appears slightly bemused: ‘I am not sure that he went to Graz; the sketches on pp. 42 to 45 seem to have been made from a distance.’4

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See also Powell 1995, pp.66, 81 note 22.
2
See Finberg 1909, II, pp.967–70.
3
Ibid., p.969.
4
Finberg 1930, p.168.

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