Joseph Mallord William Turner

Berlin: The Lustgarten from Foot of Steps up to the Museum: Marienkirche, Domkirche, North Façade of the Schloss and Granite Basin in front of the Museum; Inscription in Front of the Museum; Three Bays of the North Façade of the Schloss


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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 13 a

Catalogue entry

This is a sketch of Berlin’s Lustgarten, with the Marienkirche, Cathedral and the northern façade of the Stadtschloss at left, Cantian’s granite basin in the foreground, and the Altes Museum at right. Turner has inscribed the dedication on the entrance of the museum across the page. The complete dedication reads: ‘Fridericus Guilelmus III Studio Antiquitatis Omnigenae et artium Liberalium Museum Constituit mdcccxxviii’ (incorrectly transcribed by Turner as ‘mdcccxxxiii’). This translates as: ‘Friedrich Wilhelm III dedicated this museum to the study of all antiquity and liberal arts in 1828’. At bottom right is a separate jotting of part of the Stadtschloss.
For other sketches of Berlin see Tate D21046–D31082; Turner Bequest CCCVII 14–32.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2015

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