Joseph Mallord William Turner

Group of People Seen in Hamburg; Copenhagen: The North-East Side of Kongens Nytorv from an Upper Storey of the Hôtel d’Angleterre, with the Equestrian Statue of Christian V in the Foreground; The Giethuset and King’s Theatre (in Sky Above)

1835

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 92 x 155 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30866
Turner Bequest CCCV 23 a

Catalogue entry

The principal view is of Copenhagen, taken from window or balcony on the upper storey of the Hôtel d’Angleterre, a renowned hotel on Kongens Nytorv (‘The King’s New Square’). Turner is thought to have stayed here during his stay in the city.1 At the heart of Kongens Nytorv is the gilded equestrian statue of king Christian V. In the sky towards top right Turner has recorded the profile of the Gjethuset (Copenhagen’s artillery foundry) and the King’s Theatre, founded in 1748.2 The numbers ‘6’, ‘3’ and ‘6’ are inscribed on the Gjethuset to represent the bays of the building.
Orientated inversely to the prospect of Kongens Nytorv is a sketch of a group of figures recorded in Hamburg. Turner has annotated the figures with colour notes.
For other drawings of Copenhagen see Tate D30824–D30829, D30832–D30833, D30859, D30861, D30873, D30881, D30883, D30887; Turner Bequest CCCV 2–5, 6a–7, 20, 21, 27, 31, 32, 34.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2015

1
Powell 1995, p.49.
2
‘Historie’, Gjethuset, accessed 18 May 2015, http://www.gjethuset.dk/?side=11 and ‘The Royal Danish Theatre’, Det Kongelige Teatre, accessed 18 May 2015, http://kglteater.dk/about-us/teatrets-historie

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