Joseph Mallord William Turner

Berlin: View down Unter den Linden and across the Lustgarten to the Zeughaus, Lustgarten, Fountain, Museum and Domkirche, from the North-Eastern Corner of the Schloss (Detail of Schloss Façade in Sky)

1835

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 162 x 89 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31079
Turner Bequest CCCVII 30 a

Display caption

The Altes Museum was one of the many buildings commissioned in the 1820s and 1830s from the architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel as part of a large-scale building programme in Berlin undertaken by Friedrich Wilhelm III. Turner has inscribed the number '18' above the museum to indicate the exact number of columns that make up the portico. On 20 June 1832 Turner had been appointed to a committee to discuss a new building for the National Gallery, and one of his motives for a tour round central Europe at this date was probably to compare the housing of the first public collections.

Gallery label, February 1992