Joseph Mallord William Turner

Copenhagen: Christianborg Palace from Holmens Kanal; Houses and Masts

1835

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 92 × 155 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30824
Turner Bequest CCCV 2

Catalogue entry

Here Turner depicts aspects of Copenhagen. One view shows local houses lining a canal with boats in the waterway. The other view shows Christianborg Palace, taken from a vantage point on the Holmens Kanal. The Palace is located on Slotsholmen islet, part of Copenhagen’s Inner City. Built on tenth century foundations, the Palace has been reconstructed three times owing to a sequence of devastating fires. Turner pictures its second incarnation here: a lavish neo-classical residence designed for King Frederick VI by the architect Christian Frederick Hansen.1
For other drawings of Copenhagen see Tate D30825–D30829, D30832–D30833, D30859, D30861, D30873, D30881, D30883, D30887; Turner Bequest CCCV 2a–5, 6a–7, 20, 21, 27, 31, 32, 34.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2015

1
‘Christianborg Palace’, Kongehuset, accessed 31 April 2015, http://kongehuset.dk/english/palaces/christiansborg-palace/christiansborg-palace

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