Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Schlossberg, Graz; City Walls, Probably at Vienna


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 127 × 198 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXCIX 2 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, most of it is taken up with a rapidly rendered urban view with a few trees and a distant spire. Prompted by Turner’s ‘V’, Cecilia Powell has suggested that the substantial forms in the foreground are the city walls of Vienna,1 of which only fragments now remain. For other views of the city, see under folio 40 recto (D30076).
Separated by a pencil line, at the right is an outline of buildings on a hill, apparently as a reprise of the full-page view of the Schlossberg at Graz on folio 3 recto opposite (D30006); for other views there, see under folio 41 verso (D30079). If the respective identifications are correct, this smaller drawing would have been made first.
See Powell 1995, p.242.
Technical notes:
There is staining towards the top left and right from the leather pencil loops secured under the front paste-down (D41222).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

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