These are sketches of aspects of Dresden, capital of Saxony. The view parallel to the long edge of the book shows the Zwinger, a complex of baroque palaces, courtyards and gardens used by the imperial court for entertainment and as a space to exhibit the imperial collection of paintings. Part of the Zwinger is recorded again at bottom left, with figures in the foreground. ‘19’ is inscribed just below one of its long galleries, presumably to show the number of bays. Both sketches include the Crown Gate, a ceremonial entranceway to the Zwinger topped with a large crown decorated with gilt rococo motifs.
At bottom right is a separate group of jottings showing part of the Crown Gate at right and part of the façade of the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon at left. This building houses the scientific and mathematical apparatus collected over centuries by the Electors and Kings of Saxony. The collection includes clocks, terrestrial and celestial globes, optical and astronomical devices as well as instruments for calculating mass, temperature and air pressure.
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