Joseph Mallord William Turner

Berlin: Part of the Liberation Monument on the Kreuzberg and Scenery beyond It; Gateway and House; Figures


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 89 × 162 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCVII 21

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned upside down, here Turner has rendered a rough sketch of the Liberation Monument in Kreuzberg, Berlin (see Tate D31058; Turner Bequest CCCVII 20). The monument commemorates a series of battles fought by the Prussians against Napoleon’s armies. Turner’s inscription ‘Sur aube Katzbach | Bell All’ refers to the plaque commemorating the Battles of ‘Bar-sur-Aube’ (27 February, 1813), Katzbach (26 August, 1813) and La Belle Alliance (aka the Battle of Waterloo of 18 June, 1815).
The remaining sketches show a gateway and house in Berlin and figures. The dome from Turner’s sketch of the Neue Kirche pictured on the folio opposite (Tate D31059; Turner Bequest CCCVII 20a) is at rear.
For other sketches of Berlin see Tate D21045–D31082; Turner Bequest CCCVII 13a–32.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2015

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