Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Sketches of Dresden from along the Elbe: Looking Downstream to the Bridge and Principal Buildings; Looking Upstream to the City from its Outskirts

1835

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 100 × 159 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30298
Turner Bequest CCCI 2

Catalogue entry

Here Turner depicts the Saxon capital Dresden from a vantage point on the banks of the River Elbe. The uppermost sketch shows the city’s Frauenkirche, Hofkirche and Dresden Castle to the left of the bridge. Below is a view taken from the same spot, looking in the converse direction.
For more sketches of Dresden see Tate D30296–D30308, D30896–D30900, D31013, D31024–D31042; Turner Bequest CCCI 1–7, CCCVI 6a–9, 65a, CCCVII 3–12.

Alice Rylance-Watson
September 2015

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