Joseph Mallord William Turner

Views of Bamberg, with the Geyerswörth Palace, Altes Rathaus, Obere Pfarrkirche, Michaelsberg and Cathedral


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 198 × 126 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCX 26 a

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After using this sketchbook in Venice, Turner laid it aside for a week while sketching in no.64, but brought it out again on reaching Passau. It provides a full record of his homeward journey through Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg and Coburg to Würzburg, many of Turner's small pencil sketches showing the same sights in Bavaria that he was also recording in watercolour in a larger sketchbook and on loose sheets of grey and brown paper. He stayed at the Three Crowns hotel in Bamberg on 16-17 September. Among his sketches of the Obere Pfarrkirche and the Old Town Hall on its island are some less imposing subjects simply annotated 'Back of 3 Crowns'.

Gallery label, September 2004

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