Joseph Mallord William Turner

Würzburg, Looking up the River Main from the Alte Mainbrücke, with St Burkard’s Church, the Käppele and Marienberg

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
D30625
Turner Bequest CCCIII 85 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, the view is south up the River Main from Würzburg’s Alte Mainbrücke. Loosely outlined on the skyline opposite, as in many other views of the city, is the Marienberg fortress, with the twin spires of St Burkard’s Church below and those of the Käppele on the hillside beyond.1 Above the weir on the left the Oberer Mainkai recedes, with the small disk above presumably indicating the midday sun. There is a more detailed version of the west bank on folio 87 recto opposite (D30626; Turner Bequest CCCIII 86).
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.244.

Read full Catalogue entry

You might like