Joseph Mallord William Turner

Berlin: The Back of the Statue of Blücher, the Neue Wache and Zeughaus from next to the Opera House

1835

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 89 x 162 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31069
Turner Bequest CCCVII 25 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch was taken on the Unter den Linden Boulevard in Berlin. It shows the back of the statue of Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742–1819), a Prussian general who led his army to victory against Napoleon at the Battles of Leipzig (1813) and Waterloo (1815). Turner’s inscription ‘MDCCCXIII’ (1813) is from one of the statue’s plaques. Beyond Blücher’s statue is the Neue Wache (the New Arsenal for the King’s Guards) and the Zeughaus (the Old Arsenal).
For other sketches of Berlin see Tate D21045–D31082; Turner Bequest CCCVII 13a–32.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2015

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