Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Walhalla, at Donaustauf near Regensburg, from the River Danube

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: 126 × 198 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31362
Turner Bequest CCCX 44

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, the view is north-east from the sweeping bend of the River Danube south of Donaustauf, with its hilltop castle ruins across the broad valley on the left, and the pilgrimage church of St Salvator lightly indicated below. On the crest near the centre is the imposing classical form of the Walhalla memorial, below which the river flows downstream through open country to the right, and the hills overlooking it further east are continued above near the outer edge. The subject was identified by Cecilia Powell.1
For numerous contemporary views in this sketchbook and elsewhere, see under folio 33 verso (D31341);2 for nearby Regensburg, see under folio 18 verso (D31311).3

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Powell 1995, p.243.
2
See also ibid., pp.70, 82 note 53.
3
See ibid., pp.69, 81 note 45.

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