Joseph Mallord William Turner

Berlin: View Westwards towards the Königskolonnaden and the Marienkirche; Boats and Figures

1835

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 89 × 162 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31053
Turner Bequest CCCVII 17 a

Catalogue entry

The principal view shows Berlin looking towards the Königskolonnaden (The King’s Colonnade) at centre and the Church of St Mary at right. The Königskolonnaden is recorded again in more detail on Tate D31055–D31056; Turner Bequest CCCVII 18a–19.1 Turner has inscribed a note which appears to read ‘Carts for Hire’ at the rear of the sketch. The second view, orientated inversely to the principal sketch and rendered parallel to the gutter of the sketchbook, depicts boats and figures on the quayside of the River Spree.
For other sketches of Berlin see Tate D21045–D31082; Turner Bequest CCCVII 13a–32.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2015

1
‘Die Königskolonnaden im Heinrich-von-Kleist-Park an der Potsdamer Straße’, Berlin, accessed 29 May 2015, https://www.berlin.de/ba-tempelhof-schoeneberg/organisationseinheit/planen/koeko_start.html

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