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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Prague: Hradcany and the Little Quarter from the Hill to the South-West, with an Extensive Prospect down the Vltava (in Two Instalments) 1835

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 32 Recto:
Prague: Hradcany and the Little Quarter from the Hill to the South-West, with an Extensive Prospect down the Vltava (in Two Instalments) 1835
D30358
Turner Bequest CCCI 32
Pencil on cream wove paper, 100 x 159 mm
Inscribed in red ink by Ruskin ‘32’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCI – 32’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Here Turner has drawn a prospect of Prague’s imperial complex from a vantage point on Petrín Hill. The imperial Castle and Cathedral of St Vitus can be seen rising loftily from atop the Hradcany, overlooking the Little Quarter and Vltava River beyond. Turner has rendered this prospect in two parts, so as to form one panoramic view. The sketch at rear showing the Vltava and Old Town completes the whole view.
Other drawings of Prague can be found at Tate D30344–D30361, D30364–D30366; Turner Bequest CCCI 25–33a, 36–37. The Prague, Nuremberg, Frankfurt and Rhine sketchbook of the same tour holds drawings of the city at Tate D30759–30761, D30764–D30765, D30767, D30771–D30773, D30775–D30777, D30779–D30783, D30788–D30790, D30792–D30803, D30805, D30807–D30811, D30813–D30820; Turner Bequest CCCIV 68–69, 70a–71, 72, 74–75, 76–77, 78–80, 82a–84, 85–91, 92, 93–96, 97–102.

Alice Rylance-Watson
September 2015

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Prague: Hradcany and the Little Quarter from the Hill to the South-West, with an Extensive Prospect down the Vltava (in Two Instalments) 1835 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 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-prague-hradcany-and-the-little-quarter-from-the-hill-to-the-r1186742, accessed 26 November 2020.