Joseph Mallord William Turner

View up the Elbe, Probably near Königstein, with One of the Post-Distance Columns

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
D30929
Turner Bequest CCCVI 23 a

Catalogue entry

Here Turner records the River Elbe in Saxony, probably from a point near the town of Königstein. Figures gather at the water’s edge, and the rear of a carriage can be seen driving down a road. The carriage moves in the direction of a post-distance column (milestone), which is the obelisk at left. Particular to Saxony, these milestones were traditionally carved with distances and journey times to the nearest eighth of an hour.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2015

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