With the page turned horizontally, the view is north-east across the River Mur to the Schlossberg, with the Uhrturm clocktower on its right, just to the left of the tall, domed tower of the Franziskanerkirche. Turner has written ‘Pil’ (probably overwriting ‘Col’1) beside it, indicating the pilasters around the octagonal upper stages (rather than columns as he first seems to have thought), and ‘Pil’ again above the lower tower on the right. The viewpoint is the Grieskai,2 although the buildings on the left are not immediately recognisable. Compare the similar prospect on the verso (D30083), and the recto and verso of folio 42 (D30080–D300081).
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.3 In his 1909 Inventory, in his checklist of what he called the ‘Danube and Graz’ sketchbook (dated to c.1837–40),4 Finberg had recognised folios 42 recto–45 recto (D30080–D30086) as showing the city;5 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.’6
- townscapes / man-made features(21,601)
- River Mur(8)