Joseph Mallord William Turner

Berlin: View down Unter den Linden and across the Lustgarten to the Zeughaus, Lustgarten, Fountain, Museum and Domkirche, from the North-Eastern Corner of the Schloss (Detail of Schloss Façade in Sky)


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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 30 a

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The Altes Museum was one of the many buildings commissioned in the 1820s and 1830s from the architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel as part of a large-scale building programme in Berlin undertaken by Friedrich Wilhelm III. Turner has inscribed the number '18' above the museum to indicate the exact number of columns that make up the portico. On 20 June 1832 Turner had been appointed to a committee to discuss a new building for the National Gallery, and one of his motives for a tour round central Europe at this date was probably to compare the housing of the first public collections.

Gallery label, February 1992

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Catalogue entry

This is a prospect of the Unter den Linden, a tree-lined boulevard in the centre of Berlin. The Lustgarten, a pleasure garden once part of old palace, is at centre, with the Zeughaus (Arsenal), Altes Museum and Cathedral (Domkirche) surrounding it from left to right. Turner has inscribed the number ‘18’ above the Museum to indicate the exact number of columns which make up its portico; a cross also marks the position of the double staircase within the portico.
There is a separate detail of the Schloss’ façade in the sky at top left.
For other sketches of Berlin see Tate D21045–D31082; Turner Bequest CCCVII 13a–32.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2015

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