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This is a sketch of the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, taken from the Pariser Platz. Completed in 1791, this neoclassical triumphal arch was designed by the architect Carl Gotthard Langhans for King Frederick William II. It is modelled on the Propylaea, the gateway to the Acropolis in Athens. Turner has made note of the ‘Metopes’ (metopes) and ‘Triks’ (triglyphs) which form part of the frieze decoration. A separate jotting of a figure, perhaps a sculpture, is rendered at top left.
For other sketches of Berlin see Tate D21045–D31082; Turner Bequest CCCVII 13a–32.