J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Frankfurt: The Bridge and Maininsel, Looking Downstream to the Cathedral (in Two Instalments) 1835

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 34 Recto:
Frankfurt: The Bridge and Maininsel, Looking Downstream to the Cathedral (in Two Instalments) 1835
D30694
Turner Bequest CCCIV 34
Pencil on cream laid paper, 118 x 190 mm
Watermark ‘Zo’
Stamped in black ‘CCCIV–34’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is a view of Frankfurt’s Old Bridge or Alte Brücke, which crosses the River Main in the heart of the city. A small river island known as the Maininsel lies directly beneath the bridge, situated closer to the Sachsenhausen side of the Main (pictured left). Though the Maininsel is not clearly visible in this sketch, the two old mills at either side of the bridge’s balustrade can be seen. Frankfurt Cathedral is roughly marked out in profile at far right and depicted again in the sketch above the bridge.
For more drawings of Frankfurt see Tate D30678–D30679, D30684–D30698, D30700–D30705; Turner Bequest CCCIV 26–26a, 29–36, 37–39a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
December 2015

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Frankfurt: The Bridge and Maininsel, Looking Downstream to the Cathedral (in Two Instalments) 1835 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2017, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-frankfurt-the-bridge-and-maininsel-looking-downstream-to-the-r1187070, accessed 18 April 2021.