Joseph Mallord William Turner

Würzburg, up the River Main from the Steinberg

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
D30600
Turner Bequest CCCIII 73

Catalogue entry

The drawings between here and folio 79 recto (D30600–D30610; Turner Bequest CCCIII 73–78), all made with the pages turned horizontally, are distant views of Würzburg, looking south from the sweeping north-westerly bend of the River Main, where the Steinberg and sloping vineyards still provide similar vantage points.
Here, directly up the river1 is the Alte Mainbrücke, with the city’s towers and spires on the left and the Marienberg complex towering above on the right. The Stations of the Cross leading up the hill to the twin spires of the Käppele south of the fortress are indicated to its left by a diagonal row of dots. There is a view from further back on the verso (D30600).
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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