Joseph Mallord William Turner

View down the Elbe from the Bastei

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 × 170 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30996
Turner Bequest CCCVI 57

Catalogue entry

This is a prospect of the Elbe valley in Saxon Switzerland, taken from a vantage point on the Bastei. The mountain at centre labelled ‘B’ is the Bärenstein (inscribed in the sky as ‘Beernstein’). At rear Turner has made a note of the approximate height of the Bastei from the valley floor: ‘630’ feet. ‘Nonenstein’ and ‘St Welle’, referring to the Nonne (or Nonnenstein) rock and the town of Stadt Wehlen on the Elbe, are also inscribed.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2015

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