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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Old Town Hall, Rotterdam 1835

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 13 Recto:
The Old Town Hall, Rotterdam 1835
Turner Bequest CCCXXI 13
Pencil on off-white laid paper, 153 x 95 mm
Inscribed in red ink by Ruskin ‘13’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCXXI–13’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned upside town, here Turner has produced a study of the entrance to Rotterdam’s old Town Hall. The baroque frontage, which features a pediment supported by columns and a cupola, was installed in the early seventeenth century. The entrance was rebuilt in 1830 to face the Kaasmarkt (cheese market). At the turn of the century the old Town Hall was moved and replaced by a new purpose-built construction on the Coolsingel. See also Tate D32466; Turner Bequest CCCXXI 12.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2016

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘The Old Town Hall, Rotterdam 1835 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2016, 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-the-old-town-hall-rotterdam-r1187284, accessed 18 May 2022.