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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Teplitz: The Schlossplatz, Looking towards the Plague Column, Dekanalkirche, Schlosskirche and Schloss 1835

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 19 Recto:
Teplitz: The Schlossplatz, Looking towards the Plague Column, Dekanalkirche, Schlosskirche and Schloss 1835
D30332
Turner Bequest CCCI 19
Pencil on cream wove paper, 100 x 159 mm
Inscribed in red ink by Ruskin ‘19’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCI – 19’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This carefully observed study shows Teplitz, a town located close to the German border in north-western Bohemia (now modern day Teplice in the Czech Republic). Turner depicts the Schlossplatz, Teplitz’ main square, from a vantage point encompassing the town’s principal sites such as the Dekanalkirche, Schlosskirche and Teplice Palace at right. At left is the Plague Column, an ornately decorated monument designed by Matthias Braun (1684–1738) and erected in honor of the Holy Trinity to celebrate the town’s protection from an outbreak of plague in 1713. The monument was modeled on the Pestsäule in Vienna, and is adorned with sculptures of the Holy Trinity, Saint Charles Borromeo, Saint Roch and Saint Sebastian (all three invoked in times of plague). Saints Paul, Jerome and John the Baptiste (patron of Teplitz) are also present.
For more sketches of Teplitz see Tate D30315–D30335; Turner Bequest CCCI 10a–20a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
September 2015

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Teplitz: The Schlossplatz, Looking towards the Plague Column, Dekanalkirche, Schlosskirche and Schloss 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-teplitz-the-schlossplatz-looking-towards-the-plague-column-r1186716, accessed 17 October 2021.