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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Domstrasse, Würzburg, with the Town Hall, Cathedral and Vierröhrenbrunnen 1840

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 90 Recto:
The Domstrasse, Würzburg, with the Town Hall, Cathedral and Vierröhrenbrunnen 1840
D30632
Turner Bequest CCCIII 89
Pencil on flecked pale blue laid paper, 104 x 170 mm
Partial watermark (countermark): indecipherable maker’s name
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘89’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCCIII – 89’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view east along Würzburg’s Domstrasse towards the cathedral is part of a double-page drawing made with the sketchbook turned horizontally. This part shows the prospect at street level, while the upper stages of all the buildings occupy folio 89 verso opposite (D30631; Turner Bequest CCCIII 88a), under which the subject is discussed. The main landmark on this page is the obelisk of the Vierröhrenbrunnen fountain towards the right, which stands south of the Rathaus (on the north side of the street towards the left); the statue on top of the obelisk is shown on the opposite page.
For the extensive sequence of Würzburg views in this sketchbook and others elsewhere, see under folio 72 verso (D30596; CCCIII 71).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘The Domstrasse, Würzburg, with the Town Hall, Cathedral and Vierröhrenbrunnen 1840 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2018, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2019, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-domstrasse-wurzburg-with-the-town-hall-cathedral-and-r1196388, accessed 17 January 2021.