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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Mainz, Showing the Cathedral from the North-East 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 67 Recto:
Mainz, Showing the Cathedral from the North-East 1839
D28483
Turner Bequest CCXC 67
Pencil on flecked off-white wove paper, 100 x 163 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Gasthaus [w...m] [?L...]’ bottom right
Inscribed in blue ink by Ruskin ‘67’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CCXC–67’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner has taken a quick sketch of the market square at Mainz, lined with traditional houses and historic buildings. Two carriages have been roughly suggested at left and right. Rising loftily above is the city’s most celebrated building: the Romanesque Cathedral of St Martin, shown from the north-east.1
For other depictions of Mainz in this sketchbook see Tate D28470, D28484–D28485, D28587, D28488–D28491; Turner Bequest CCXC 60a, 67a–68, 69–71. For earlier drawings see the Itinerary Rhine Tour and Waterloo and Rhine sketchbooks of 1817 (Tate D12621–D12623, D12832, D12834–D12837; Turner Bequest CLIX 59–60, CLX 67a, 68a–70). See also the 1833 Brussels up to Mannheim–Rhine sketchbook of 1833 (Tate D29625, D29672–D29675; Turner Bequest CCXCVI 15, 39–41).

Alice Rylance-Watson
July 2013

1
‘St Martin’s Cathedral’, Landeshauptstadt Mainz, http://www.mainz.de/WGAPublisher/online/html/default/mkuz-5v9eue.en.html, accessed 26 July 2013.

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Mainz, Showing the Cathedral from the North-East 1839 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-mainz-showing-the-cathedral-from-the-north-east-r1150766, accessed 21 April 2021.