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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Prague: View in the Old Town Square Looking towards the Town Hall of the Old Town and the Tyn Church 1835

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 36 Recto:
Prague: View in the Old Town Square Looking towards the Town Hall of the Old Town and the Tyn Church 1835
D30364
Turner Bequest CCCI 36
Pencil on cream wove paper, 159 x 100 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘C[...]’ | ‘[...] P[...]’ top left
Inscribed in red ink by Ruskin ‘36’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCI – 36’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch, rendered with the book turned upside down, shows the Old Town Square in Prague. The Old Town Hall’s medieval tower can be seen at left, with Tyn Church at centre delineated in faint and loose line. See Tate D30366; Turner Bequest CCCI 37 for a study of Tyn Church. The notes ‘C[...]’ | ‘[...] P[...]’ top left are inscribed at top left.
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: View in the Old Town Square Looking towards the Town Hall of the Old Town and the Tyn Church 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-view-in-the-old-town-square-looking-towards-the-town-r1186748, accessed 21 January 2021.