Joseph Mallord William Turner

Copenhagen: The Knippelsbro and Holmens Church; Copenhagen: View from the Eastern End of Borsegade with the Exchange, Christiansborg Palace, Christian IV Bridge and Holmens Church


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 92 × 155 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCV 2 a

Catalogue entry

Here Turner has rendered two views of Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.
The main drawing shows the eastern end of the Børsgade with Copenhagen Stock Exchange (Børsen) at left, Christianborg Palace, Christian IV Bridge beyond and Holmens Church at right. The Børsen was built by Christian IV in 1619–40 and is celebrated for its striking spire: an elegantly tapering coil comprised of four dragons tails twined together reaching a needle-sharp point.
The other sketch shows the Knippelsbro and Holmens Church on the banks of the Børsgraven canal.
For other drawings of Copenhagen see Tate D30824–D30829, D30832–D30833, D30859, D30861, D30873, D30881, D30883, D30887; Turner Bequest CCCV 2–5, 6a–7, 20, 21, 27, 31, 32, 34.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2015

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