Joseph Mallord William Turner

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

1835

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 89 × 162 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31060
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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