Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Sketches of Königstein Fortress

1835

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 104 x 170 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30931
Turner Bequest CCCVI 24 a

Catalogue entry

These are sketches of the Festung Königstein, a sandstone fortress built into a plateau of the same name. The fortress, overlooking the River Elbe, was a residence of the Electors and Kings of Saxony and later a state prison.1 The stronghold is shown again on Tate D30931–D30947, D30949; Turner Bequest CCCVI 24a–32a, 33a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2015

1
‘History’, Festung Königstein, accessed 28 August 2015, http://www.festung-koenigstein.de/en/history.html

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