Joseph Mallord William Turner

Würzburg, up the River Main from the Steinberg, with the Infirmary in the Foreground

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
D30608
Turner Bequest CCCIII 77

Catalogue entry

The drawings between folios 74 recto and 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.
Cecilia Powell has identified the building with a spire in the foreground as ‘the infirmary’; beyond are the towers and spires of central Würzburg on the east bank, with the Marienberg fortress rising on the opposite side to the right.
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

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