Joseph Mallord William Turner

Berlin: The Equestrian Statue of the Great Elector, by Schlüter, on the Langebrücke; Berlin: The Museum, Domkirche and Schlossbrücke from the South

1835

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
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
D31067
Turner Bequest CCCVII 24 a

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has depicted part of the equestrian statue of Frederick William (1620–1688), Elector of Brandenburg. The statue was designed by Andreas Schlüter (1664–1714) and cast in bronze by Johann Jacobi (1696–1709) for the Langebrücke.1 It is now situated in the cour d’honneur of the Charlottenburg Palace. Turner records the pedestal of Schlüter’s monument and the Four Captives which surround it.2 Below the sketch is a view of the Altes Museum in Berlin, with the Cathedral at right and the Schlossbrücke in the foreground.
For other sketches of Berlin see Tate D21045–D31082; Turner Bequest CCCVII 13a–32.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2015

1
‘The Monument to the Great Elector on Horseback’, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, accessed 29 May 2015, http://ww2.smb.museum/schlueter/das-reiterstandbild
2
Schlüter clearly intended to emulate the equestrian monument to Henri IV designed for the Pont Neuf in Paris by Giambologna and Pietro Tacca. Largely destroyed in the French Revolution, Pietro Francavilla’s Four Captives which once surrounded the monument’s pedestal still remain (Musée du Louvre, Paris); see http://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notices/four-captives-pedestal-equestrian-statue-henry-iv

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