Joseph Mallord William Turner

Würzburg across the River Main, with the Stift Haug Church, Neumünster, Cathedral and Marienkapelle

1840

Not on display

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
D30611
Turner Bequest CCCIII 78 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, the view ranges east and south-east from the west bank of the River Main, with the Baroque Stift Haug church, the dome of the Neumünster and two of the cathedral’s four spires on the skyline, as Cecilia Powell has noted,1 beyond the defences formerly lining the Kranenkai. The exact viewpoint is uncertain, but was probably off Dreikronenstrasse, along the bastions at the northern perimeter of the Marienberg complex, since much altered, apparently with a turret and wall shaded in the right foreground. At the far right across the Main is the Baroque spire of the Marienkapelle, since rebuilt in Gothic Revival style.
For the extensive sequence of Würzburg views in this sketchbook and others elsewhere, see under folio 72 verso (D30596; CCCIII 71).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Powell 1995, p.245.

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