Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Spittlertor and Town Walls, Nuremberg

1840

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
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
D31337
Turner Bequest CCCX 31 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, the cylindrical Spittlertor on Nuremberg’s walls is seen from the south, looking over a defensive ditch to where a bridge crosses to an arch at the near corner of the tower’s compound. The ditch has since been filled in at this point, enabling access at ground level; the gateway’s pointed turrets and castellations have been replaced with a pitched roof.
The viewpoint is now along the multi-lane city ring-road, and the view is partly obscured by trees. Another aspect of the tower complex is shown on the recto (D31336). This Nuremberg subject was identified by Cecilia Powell.1 For a few other views of the city in this sketch book and the more extensive sequence from 1835, see under folio 29 recto (D31332).2

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Powell 1995, p.243.
2
See also ibid., pp.70, 82 note 55.

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