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This sketch shows Berlin’s Pariser Platz (inscribed ‘Barriser Stratz’) with the Brandenburg Gate at centre. At left is the Palais Redern, mansion of Count Wilhelm von Redern (1802–83).1 The Count was a celebrated figure in Prussian society and at the time of Turner’s visit was director of the Königliche Schauspiele (The Royal Theatre).
For other sketches of Berlin see Tate D21045–D31082; Turner Bequest CCCVII 13a–32.
Michael Snodin, A Universal Man, New Haven and London 1991, pp. 25, 178.