Joseph Mallord William Turner

Würzburg, with the Alte Mainbrücke over the River Main, Marienkapelle, Rathaus, Neumünster and Cathedral from the Hillside above St Burkard’s Church

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
D30623
Turner Bequest CCCIII 84 a

Catalogue entry

This prospect of Würzburg, made with the page turned horizontally, was identified by Cecilia Powell.1 The viewpoint is the hillside near St Burkard’s Church below the Marienberg fortress on the west bank of the River Main, looking north-west with the Alte Mainbrücke above the lightly indicated weir on the left. On the opposite bank are arrayed the Baroque spire of the Marienkapelle (since rebuilt in Gothic Revival style), the tower and slim spire of the Rathaus, the dome of the Neumünster and the four spires of the cathedral to its east.
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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