Joseph Mallord William Turner

Berlin: The Neue Wache and Zeughaus from close to the Opera House, with the Statue of Blücher in the Foreground; Details of the Zeughaus and the Statues of Bülow and Scharnhorst Above; Berlin: The Domkirche and Marienkirche


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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 27

Catalogue entry

The principal view shows Berlin’s Neue Wache (New Guardhouse) situated adjacent to the Zeughaus (Old Arsenal). The statue of General Blücher (1742–1819) can be seen in the foreground. Turner has rendered details of the Zeughaus and statues of two other Prussians who fought in the Napoleonic Wars: Generals Gerhard von Scharnhorst (1755–1813) and Friedrich von Bülow (1755–1816). Various inscriptions annotate the drawings: ‘4 figures at [...]’, ‘Doric Pil[asters]’ (by the detail of the Zeughaus entablature), ‘Helmets’ close to the statue of Blücher, and ‘6’ on the bays of the Zeughaus. At top right is a jotting of the Cathedral (Dom) and the Church of St Mary (Marienkirche).
For other sketches of Berlin see Tate D21045–D31082; Turner Bequest CCCVII 13a–32.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2015

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