Joseph Mallord William Turner

Berlin: The Kreuzberg and City Centre from a Distance (in Three Instalments); Berlin: The Liberation Monument on the Kreuzberg


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 89 x 162 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCVII 20

Catalogue entry

This is a prospect of Berlin, rendered in three instalments. The Marienkirche (labelled ‘Mar’ by Turner), Cathedral and Schloss (labelled ‘Pal’ for ‘palace’) can all be seen.
Schinkel’s Liberation Monument in Kreuzberg is also pictured. This memorial was erected in 1821 to mark Prussian lives lost during the Wars of Liberation (1813–15). Turner has made note of three of the monument’s decorations commemorating: the Battle of Großgörschen (2 May 1813) transcribed by the artist as ‘Gross | Goerschen | 12 May’; the Battle of Großbeeren (23 August 1813) rendered as ‘Gross | Berlin | 23 Ags | 1813’ and finally the Battle of Dennewitz (6 September 1813) transcribed as ‘Donnewitz 6 S’. See also Tate D31060; Turner Bequest CCCVII 21.
For other sketches of Berlin see Tate D21045–D31082; Turner Bequest CCCVII 13a–32.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2015

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