Joseph Mallord William Turner

Berlin: The Münze on the Werderscher Markt

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
D31050
Turner Bequest CCCVII 16

Catalogue entry

This prospect shows the now demolished Royal Mint (Münze) in Berlin, taken from a vantage point on the Werderscher Markt. Turner has transcribed the inscription above the main portal: ‘Fridericus Guilelmus III Rex | Monetariae Mineralogicae Architectonicae | MDCCC’ (the full and correct rendering is: ‘Freidericus Guilelmus III rex rei monetariae mineralogiae architectonicae MDCCC’). In addition to the Mint (‘monetariae’), the building also housed Prussia’s Royal Mineral Cabinet and the kingdom’s administrative offices for mining (‘mineralogiae’, ‘architectonicae’).1 The remaining inscriptions ‘Doric’ and ‘Lion H[ead]’ presumably refer to the Doric columns at the entrance of the Mint and its lion head decorations.
For other sketches of Berlin see Tate D21045–D31082; Turner Bequest CCCVII 13a–32.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2015

1
Jacob Vogel, ‘Stony Realms: Mineral Collections as Markers of Social, Cultural and Political Spaces in the 18th and Early 19th Century’, Academia, accessed 17 May 2015, http://www.academia.edu/10819269/Jakob_Vogel_Stony_Realms._Mineral_Collections_as_Markers_of_Social_Cultural_and_Political_Spaces_in_the_18th_and_Early_19th_Century_in_Historical_Social_Research_40_2015_pP._301–320

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